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Terrorizing the People

From his "shock and awe" campaign
to his latest arrest
dubya has sought to terrorize the people
both in Iraq and around the world.

US forces arrest leading Iraqi editor

Two security guards with al-Dhari were also arrested


US occupation forces in Iraq have arrested Dr Muthana Harith al-Dhari

the editor of al-Basaer newspaper (Insight)

and media officer for the influential Association of Muslim Scholars.


"US forces arrested Muthana Harith al-Dhari this morning [8/2/04]

 as he turned up at the Um al-Quraa mosque,

 the headquarters of the committee,"

 Ahmad Abd Al-Ghafur al-Sammarai of the AMS,

 Iraq's leading Sunni authority, said.


"This is the work of the occupation forces. They're here to intimidate and terrorise people not to rebuild our country," he added.

Al-Sammarai said he had no idea why al-Dhari had been arrested and called for all detainees of the occupation forces in Iraq to be released.

Witness speaks out

Aljazeera interviewed Amar Abd Al-Karim, who was accompanying al-Dhari when he was arrested, and he says the US forces stopped Dr al-Dhari's convoy and took him into custody.  

"We were on our way to the headquarters of the AMS, going out from the studio of the LBC (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation), where Dr al-Dhari had given an interview.  


"A US patrol emerged suddenly and stopped our convoy.

 They searched the cars, and then asked us to step aside

 and called for reinforcements.


"A number of Humvees arrived with detecting devices.

 They gave us body scans,

 and told us that Dr Muthana and two of his companions

 were to be arrested because the device detected

 remains of explosives on Dr al-Dhari's hands."  


Abd Al-Karim said the group was enraged at the US's allegations and stressed that Dr al-Dhari was a guest in a TV interview.


"The US soldiers at the scene told us either we shut up,

 or we would be arrested with Dr al-Dhari," he said.