In Iraq torn between safety and responsibility

nursesWhile on one hand several nurses stranded in the war torn Iraq are desperate to get back home, there are others who want to stay back and shift to safer places. Take the cases of Mary and Priyamol who face a difficult choice as they need to continue working in order to clear the loan that they had taken in the first place to reach Iraq.
With loans of 1.5 lakh taken from a private money lender at an interest rate of 16 per cent, their situation is like choosing between the devil and the deep sea. While on one hand their parents in Kerala fear for their safety on the other hand there is a practical issue on hand and that is to fend for the family and also clear the loans.

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Horror of being an Indian in Iraq

As the Indian government makes all efforts to secure the safety and release of its nationals stranded in the war torn areas of Iraq, horror tales are being reported by the families of these persons.
A majority of the workers including the nurses hail from Kerala. While some have said that they are safe, others say that it is only a matter of time before they lose all contact with their loved ones back in India. The horrific ISIS has gone on the offensive and has promised more bloodshed and devastation in the coming days.
There is a fear that has engulfed our lives and our daughter tells us that she has been stuck in hospital since the past five days, says James the father of Jencyn who hails from the Idukki district in Kerala. Speaking with rediff.com he says that she was able to contact us, but now she tells us that it is only a matter of time before she would be able to communicate as everything around is crumbling. There is a power crisis and this means that they will not be able to charge their phones and there is a good chance even the telephone lines will be cut off at Tirkit, he was told by his daughters.
Similar complaints have been voiced in by the rest of the families as well whose daughters are stranded in Tirkit. They tell us that there is constant shelling and they very often hear loud explosions.

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Bringing Saddam down was a blunder

2870562-3x2-940x627Looking at the horrific situation in Iraq today, almost everyone must be thinking that it was a very bad idea to bring down Saddam Hussein and his regime. The ISIS which has been on a rampage is considered to be too dangerous by none other than the Al-Qaeda which kicked them out.

What is the impact of the situation in Iraq, what needs to be done and is there a chance of peace returning to Iraq. Micheal Kugelman, senior programme associate at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC says that there will be no peace in Iraq in the near future. The situation would have a major impact on India as well as it could be vulnerable to sky rocketing energy costs. In this interview with rediff.com apart from discussing a range of issues pertaining to Iraq, he also points out that it was certainly a bad idea to bring down the Saddam regime.

How does the situation in Iraq impact the rest of the world?

It has a very significant impact for the world, because one of the world’s most geo-strategically vital regions now risks full-scale destabilization. With Syria and Iraq now both gripped in civil war, the potential for spillover into other countries in the region–including Israel and Turkey–has grown much higher. Also, all of the world’s nations that depend on the Middle East for energy imports–and India certainly is one of them–could be highly vulnerable to skyrocketing energy costs.

Do you see peace in the near future or will these terrorists continue to take over more cities?

There will be no peace in the near future. And I fear it could be months before the situation calms down. The ISIS is a ferocious, fearless, and formidable force that no one can stop. Barring another U.S. invasion–which will not happen–it’s hard to imagine any way that this group can be stopped militarily. And peace talks appear out of the question as well; the ISIS is not interested in negotiations.

Do you think it was a bad idea to bring down the Saddam regime and the man himself?

There is certainly something to be said for eliminating brutal dictators from the scene. However, it was certainly a bad idea to bring down the Saddam regime, because most if not all the justifications for his ouster were based on falsehoods. Additionally, Saddam’s brutal reign had suppressed Iraq’s sectarian fractures. So it was natural that when he and his regime were overthrown, these sectarian divisions and the violence used to impose them would once again explode to the surface.

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Abu Bakr Bhagdadi was considered not dangerous!

abuHe has a bounty on his head which is second only to Ayman-al-Zawahiri. With 10 million US dollars riding on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the horrific ISIS is without doubt the world’s most dangerous terrorist today. Apart from being the world’s most dangerous terrorist today, he is also known to be the descendant of Prophet Mohammad and for the world he is the invisible terrorist.
An ironic fact about the world’s most dangerous terrorist is that in the year 2009 he was released as he was not considered to be much of a threat. He had been arrested by the US forces in 2005. The US after their invasion of Iraq had found him to be fighting with Sunni militant groups. However after detaining him and questioning him at the Camp Bucca, he was released four years later as they did not find him to be a threat. Continue reading “Abu Bakr Bhagdadi was considered not dangerous!”

Hafiz Saeed wants war, spotted at LoC

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In the backdrop of increasing violations along the Line of Control, Intelligence Bureau officials point out that Hafiz Saeed the, Pakistan’s most notorious jihadi and Lashkar-e-Tayiba leader has ordered an all out war on India.
An Intelligence Bureau report states that Saeed who spends most of his time on the Pakistan side of the LoC is trying to ensure that at least 800 infiltrations take place before the year end. He was seen urging jihadis on the border to wage a war against India four days back and the intercepts suggest that Saeed spends nearly 5 hours a day at the Lashkar camps along the LoC.

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