Sunday, July 02, 2006

350 ID per Liter

Latest news from the "Eastern Front" is, that the Ministry of Oil has increased the Benzene prices to 350 ID from 250 ID Official and 1000 ID in the Black Market

Queues are Quadruple in length, and people are dying rapidly electricity has been off for 5 days and heat is nearly 50 Centigrade. Two extra Assassination attempts on members of the Iraqi Parliament.

People whom their beloved ones have been Assassinated can't get their bodies out of the Baghdad Morgue due to Terrorists Waiting for them over there to kill them too.

Eight Mortar Shells fall on Al Adhamiyah

Now the City is Virtually Hell.


Anonymous said...

my dear friend, if i can call you so even if we never met, although there's very little I can do from here, I want you to know that in spite of its reduction to audiovisual noise on our TV screens, we feel for you and your countrymen. What is happening to you should have never happened and could happen to any country. Words seem useless and pointless, actions seem limited. That's the only reason why people like me are no longer posting comments. But that does not mean that we do not feel close to you and you are not in our thoughts and hearts. I keep telling people, putting pressure on my government, informing and keeping the attention on what is going on there. It should have never happened, I hope and I try to act, in small ways, so that it will be over soon.
much love

lee mcdaniel said...

Everything is evaluated from perspecftive. Here 0.89 per gallon
(350 ID) is not a bad deal. Last saw that price in the 80s I think.

Things are bad there and will get worse before getting better. This is a required catharsis; just pray that al-maliki holds the course. Time is on the side of the majority and its desire for peace and prosperity.

Bruno said...

Zappy, if you live in Adhamiya, could you please tell us what is happening there? Last I heard you were under attack by various forces. Are you OK? What's the news?

lee mcdaniel said...

Just picked thiis up on "portal Iraq"

one liter of gasoline, 125 Iraqi dinars (ID);

one liter of kerosene, 25 ID;

one gas cylinder 1,000 ID;

one liter of benzene, 350 ID.

Is this one of those cases where official pricing means nothing?

Riot Starter said...

Aren't we supposed to be sitting on pools of oil? Where the heck did they go? The Holy Pockets of our not-so-holy government? (not in the form of oil, obviously!)

Rubin said...

Eight Mortar Shells fall on Al Adhamiyah

Now the City is Virtually Hell

plz never tempt fate by saying such a thing, events can *ALWAYS* get worse. I've had friends killed right before me and have had terrible infected wounds myself at one time, measured in feet[over a meter].

My brothers and sisters, the US Armed Forces are putting it all on the line [getting wounded and killed every day] over there in Iraq trying to get the asshole terrorists and militias under control.

Iraqi General...

General Ali: I first went to the army in 1976, I became a staff brigade general in 1997. In 2001 I left the army because there were many problems between my tribe and Saddam’s regime. He fired many of the officers and put some of them in jail. I am one of the officers who was put in jail for ten months and afterwards I was put out of the army. When the coalition forces came to Iraq in 2003 I worked with the 101st (Airborne American army unit) in Qayyarah (*the town I am in now and where he lives) as an advisor. In 2004 the terrorists destroyed all of the Iraqi police stations and in that time the terrorists controlled all of this area. They controlled Mosul, south Mosul, and 40 km from where we are now. In that time no one came to help. All of the people and soldiers were scared and went home. I came to help and the Americans invited me to come command this battalion. The name of this battalion was the 102nd ING before they changed the name to the 1st battalion 3 brigade Iraqi army. At that time I only had eight soldiers with my battalion. They could not go out in their uniforms because they were scared of the terrorists. If they went out on a mission with the coalition they wore facemasks because if the terrorists saw them they would kill them. First time I started training my soldiers I made 1000 soldiers in my unit. After one month I went out on a mission with them and captured all of the terrorists leaders.

At this point I asked kind of jokingly, kind of seriously “Really, on the first time out?”.......

Iraq Map, Al-Qayyarah just South of Mosul [air field]

Qayyarah Iraq, Interview with Iraq General part 1

Qayyarah Iraq, Interview with Iraq General part 2

Rubin said...

Gasoline cost about 3.25 USD per gallon where I live.

My truck has a 34 gallon tank = $110.50.

By Ahmed Rasheed and Ross Colvin

The U.S. military said Adnan al-Unaybi, a local leader of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army, was detained in a Iraqi-U.S. raid near Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday.

Analysts say militias pose a threat to Maliki's seven-week-old national unity coalition government. Sadr's followers staged two uprisings against U.S. forces in 2004.

The U.S. military said the wanted man in Sadr City, whom it declined to name, was seized after a firefight in which Iraqi troops killed or wounded 30-40 gunmen. The bodies of at least seven people, including two women, were seen in hospital.

The Interior Ministry said there were nine dead in total and 31 wounded and that four houses were destroyed.


Shi'ite political sources named the target of the raid as Abu Deraa, a feared commander nominally attached to Sadr's Mehdi militia. They said it appeared Abu Deraa, previously disciplined by Sadr, was still at large.

Political sources also said the raid was part of efforts to find a Sunni woman lawmaker whose kidnap prompted the biggest Sunni parliamentary bloc to boycott the assembly this week.

The U.S. military said the man targeted may have been running a splinter movement. A spokesman declined to confirm that Abu Deraa was the "high-level insurgent" it had taken.

Sadr aides condemned the operation and local people accused the troops of killing innocent civilians. The young cleric is fiercely opposed to the U.S. occupation but his supporters also hold key posts in the Shi'ite-dominated coalition government.

"The captured individual heads multiple insurgent cells in Baghdad whose main focus is to conduct attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces," the U.S. military said in a statement, adding that no Iraqi or U.S. troops were hurt in a "43-minute" battle.

"He and his followers have kidnapped, tortured and murdered Iraqi citizens," said spokesman Major General William Caldwell.

"He is linked to a punishment committee that carries out vigilante judgement on perceived enemies of his organisation."