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70 protesters against Iraqi expulsions arrested

TT/AFP/The Local · 18 Jan 2011, 14:28

Published: 18 Jan 2011 08:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Jan 2011 14:28 GMT+01:00

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The expulsion is scheduled for Wednesday and protesters want to prevent the Iraqis moving to Stockholm from being flown out.

Early on Tuesday morning, police had managed to remove most of the 70 protesters from outsides the offices in Kållered, 12 kilometres south of Gothenburg, according to officer in command at Västra Götaland police Kent Ole Nielsen.

He stated that everything proceeded smoothly and that the rest of the protesters would be arrested.

"There has been no fuss. They are not troublemakers. They have indicated what they think and we have talked about what applies," said Nielsen.

Police also removed the cars that were parked to block the Swedish Prison and Probation Service's (Kriminalvården) transport.

According to a woman who was at the camp overnight, three Iraqis were taken away from the centre as police arrested the last demonstrators.

She added that everything went smoothly when the police put the sitting demonstrators into police cars and drove them away. All those arrested are under suspicion of police disobedience.

On Monday, Amnesty International criticised Sweden for the expulsion of Iraqi migrants and wrote that their lives may be in danger. The human rights organisation said that it has credible evidence that a group scheduled to be expelled in January included at least 14 people from particularly dangerous provinces.

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They belong to vulnerable ethnic and religious groups and are at risk of persecution on the grounds of their gender or political views.

Previously, the Council of Europe and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have expressed concern about the expulsions. The Iraqis have appealed their expulsion to the European Court of Human Rights, but have not yet received a response.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled the war in their country to resettle in Sweden, with official statistics showing 117,900 people born in Iraq lived in the country in 2009, up from 49,400 in 2000.

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09:19 January 18, 2011 by byke
"We love Swedn" ? - Sorry I couldn't resist but comment on that.
09:23 January 18, 2011 by JulieLou40
I know. Makes you cringe. If they're so serious about protesting in English so as many people as possible will read it, then they could have spelled it right!
09:27 January 18, 2011 by Iraniboy
LOOOL at the 'We love Swedn' :D

I wish everything was so easy to be solved by love! They have misunderstood the life!

I personally think those who waged the war against Iraq should compensate for the lost homes and shelters not Sweden.
09:52 January 18, 2011 by Swindu
agree. usa & uk need to take responsibility for the massive mess they have created. but sadly since they think they can do no wrong and wreck without consequences, it takes countries like sweden, with a conscience to step up to the plate. but even this kindness needs to be understood by the asylum seekers to not look a gifthorse in the mouth and learn the language and integrate with their new home and play by svenska reglar.
09:54 January 18, 2011 by Rishonim
If deporting them to Iraq will endanger their lives then the authorities should work out a deal with Saudi Arabia or Iran to accept them.
09:59 January 18, 2011 by salalah
Iraq needs to redistribute all that oil money and provide housing and jobs for their own...
10:07 January 18, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Swindu

"countries like Sweden, with a conscience"? It's not a conscience, it's generations of shame and guilt. Yours fathers and grandfathers guilt for having done NOTHING but save yourselves during WW II at the expense of millions of lives of others who were willing to stand up for whats right. All that shame and guilt is also the reason most Swedes drink so much. So now Sweden lets a few aslumn seekers in and feels like the heros of the free world. And, of course, I know you'll disagree with this because you can't or won't face the truth and your and your country's guilt.
10:20 January 18, 2011 by know
They can do as many do nowadays, pay 50-100 thousand and married on pretending, just to get residence permits... !!
10:22 January 18, 2011 by AHA
POOR SOULS but you have to abide by the rules of the country you seek asylum in. Sweden has done and is doing a great job by taking care of refugees. The Swedish authorities should be more effective in going after the human smugglers.
10:35 January 18, 2011 by Localer
they love Sweden or they just love the money ?
10:50 January 18, 2011 by soultraveler3
Another quick thing for Swindu.

I'm sure that it's not like this everywhere but ALL of the refugees from Iraq that I went to SFI with told me time and time again that they were happy that the US and UK were over there trying to help. They didn't like how Bush was doing things and I agree with them 100% on that, but that area of the world has been screwed up and filled with problems long before the UK and US were there. The UK and US get p#ssed by other countries for not helping / going places, as often as they get p#ssed on for going different places, you can't have it both ways.

Sweden's supposed conscience and neutrality is a joke. Sweden is a nice country with a lot of positives about it but the whole holier than thou attitude is just plain nonsense. The "conscience" is guilt and is it really right to claim to be neutral when you sell tons of weapons, ammo and military vechicals to both sides. Sure, it's neutral in a way, but not the way they'd like the world to believe.
10:52 January 18, 2011 by know
I don't think they love Sweden. They love the money.
11:23 January 18, 2011 by unseen
@ know & Localer,

how silly and ugly this life is all about! when people from one of richest countries in the world (well, let say 'third world countries' as kissing ur as*es, so you wan't get upset) travel all the way to 'Sweden' just for SEEKING money???????

if i am god, i would like to play games with you two and recreate you two as them, then, I and my angels will laugh as long as ur small tiny minds never think possible.
11:40 January 18, 2011 by laviniutza
@ UScitizen

First of all , a war has no ethics nor morality. If you think it has , then you are way to gullable. Second of all, in any war of any type , the goverment's first priority is to save it's own pll, no matter what. Thirdly, no one joins a war for the sake of others, to save others, bla bla.All who join the war and did during those world ones, had financial, political reasons or they simply had to deafend.

Saying Sweden is guilty for not joining the word war I and II its just plain stupied. Sweden played its cards very well. Defeanded its own pll. the economy , the infrastructure ,no moarning families , no orphans, no ocupation. For this to happen there was a price to be paid; they had to sit a side and watch. But they didnt do all this '' on the expense of millions''. Sweden isnt morally guilty for holocaust , for war crimes , for occupation, fo any of this. They have nothing to be ashamed, they havent caused any of those; they just survived in a smart way.

And no , they dont drink cos of it, from irland to russia, all north pll drink a lot. It's a culture thing , defently not cos of shame.LOL
11:49 January 18, 2011 by jbat
UScitizen.. you must be so proud of what your govt have done to the world now..

Vietnam (communis? haha), Iraq (WMD? bushersss haha), Afghan (Osama the US puppet hahaha), next North Korea, Iran and the entire world?

wow-- hope your country will be weakend by own economic problem so we all will have real peace in this world....opss now another problem... immigran like UScitizen going out from his own country (after all the craps happen inside US now..) and start complaining and blaiming his adopted country for many things including lack of support if what his USA govt do...

Haill BUSHerrrrrr.. hail yankee.. hail US the war maker!

p/s : I agree those Arabs country should be more responsible for their fellow arabs in Iraq... but they spend their mney more to entertain again that war maker country rather than helping their fellow arabs
12:45 January 18, 2011 by Roy E

I don't know where that ridiculous chip on your shoulder comes from, but odds are it's someplace really stupid. You are an embarassment.

The root cause of Sweden's suicidal immigration policies are not guilt or shame. It's the same mental illness that has affected much of the West - a combination of postmodernism, relativism, 'one-worldism', naivete, and letting wishful thinking take precedence over fact, reason, logic, and rationality. You can find the same abject stupidity in Canada, the US, Australia, and off-the-deep-end Britain.

The root cause of this specific immigration problem is - surprise! - Islam. There is another international persecution wave that has been launched against Christians - Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, pick up any newspaper .... There is a virtual ethnic cleansing underway. (More accurately it should be described as an religious purge as opposed to ethnic.) Actually, these refugees should be seeking asylum in a nation less hostile towards Christianity than Sweden. While their plight is worthy of sympathy, I have to believe it was Sweden's reputation of being easy that was the attraction for them.

Sweden should not be taking these people in. As Sweden is slowly starting to realize by first hand experience, if you import the Third World, you get the Third World. There is absolutely nothing noble about undermining the integrity of your own society.
13:09 January 18, 2011 by UScitizen
Thanks for all the comments. I mostly wanted to see what kind of reaction I would get. As for a chip on my shoulder.... why do you people have such a chip on yours about the US? What has America ever done against Sweden compaired to what she has done FOR Sweden? Before you go off on some wild tangent, check yor history.

My country isn't perfect. Never has been, never will be. And yes, America has selfish interests some times. But besides going out and getting involved in wars to further our own interests, we also go out and help people. We've done more for the world than Sweden could ever hope to do. So Sweden helps a few thousand aslumn seekers every year. That's not much.

So all of you, just keep sitting in your ivory towers, feeling like you're helping the world to be a better place. All you're really doing is trying to keep yourselves untouched. It won't work. Those towers will crumble. I live in Sweden and I love the country and have made a lot of friends here. But I don't like the politics or the attitude of many of the people, just like I dislike the same things in the USA.

My point in my comments is to try to get some of you to look at yourselves instead of judging everyone else. But you still won't. You've broken all your mirrors so you don't have to see the ugliness in your own souls.

comments anyone?
13:30 January 18, 2011 by Roy E
Do not apologize to people who make perfection the enemy of good. That's pathetic.

And regarding Sweden in WW2 - consider that Sweden was caught between Stalin and Hitler and given the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939 they were in a lose-lose scenario.
13:32 January 18, 2011 by fauna
"We love Swedn"...................................EPIC FAIL!
14:39 January 18, 2011 by underskyofsweden

Have you ever heard something about Geneva convention?!!!

It's not your business to accept the refuges coming to Sweden! They MUST accept some specified numbers of refuges who are qualified enough to receive social help! It doesn't matter they LOVE Sweden or NOT! Also, they don't care if you LOVE them or NOT!

So, take it easy and stop racism!
14:53 January 18, 2011 by Syftfel
@#1: In Arabic the vowels have been reduced to next to nothing and are often not used at all. Hence a missing "e" is nothing to fret over. Get used to it. Next year it will be: "W lv Swdn".

The deportees should all be allowed to remain provided a) they convert to Christianity, b) Get fluent in Swedish in one year. c)Pass a Swedish cultural test which includes acceptance of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, as well as total, rejection of "taqiyya", and acceptance of pork as an acceptable food source. d) Total acceptance of equality between the sexes. - This who pass, Welcome to Sweden! Those who don't, So Long! A one way ticket to Baghdad. Seek your fortunes there.
15:19 January 18, 2011 by Roy E

That an interesting set of demands there. Convert Christianity AND accept homosexuality? I think you mean convert to a new-age progressive perversion of Christianity and accept homosexually. That would be more accurate.

Actually I believe the deportees are Christians already. I believe that they have sought refuge in Sweden because the muslims in Iraq are attacking killing them. One would thing they'd they'd be seeking out a more jihadi-free country than Sweden with that being the case.
15:22 January 18, 2011 by jbat

"This who pass, Welcome to Sweden! Those who don't, So Long! A one way ticket to Baghdad"

Who are you Syftfel???? You are not even Swedish... LOLOLOLLLLL.. maybe you can create your own country namely SyftfelRcs and make that stupid law in you own country... LOlOLOLLLL

I bet Swede will accept muslims complaining about their religious right rather than accepting moaner people like you.. first you complain about arabs. then no aravbs you complain about swedes, then you complain about what swedes should do in their own country.. then you complain about what you should get in other people country.. then you complain about you want to get power in other people country.. then.. "welcome to little America"
15:31 January 18, 2011 by unseen

your Arabic skills are amazing!!!
16:23 January 18, 2011 by jimmy1988
Is always someone who dont like the law.
16:59 January 18, 2011 by Uncle

With time one learns not to be cocky on the forums. There is a chance that you may look like an idiot.

Geneva Convention stipulates that the ones that MUST take refugees into their custody IF refugees qualify for a refugee status are countries BORDERING with the conflict zone. In Iraq's case it is Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey.

They MUST take them despite their presence or lack of love.

Sweden MUST NOT accept anyone, unless Russia invades Finland. So - yeah, loving a country that did a big arse favor to you, would be a good point in refugee application.

I was rather wondering about AI moaning about danger to some refugees that arises from their GENDER. I take it it is women. So according to amnesty, Sweden is required to accept all women from sharia lands (where they are obviously in danger)? How does this make sense?
18:12 January 18, 2011 by Chickybee
Asylum fatigue - enough is enough - there are plenty of good, Muslim countries these asylum seekers can go to. Sweden has done more than enough - close the doors now, tack!
18:22 January 18, 2011 by technoviking
@ chickybee

Absolutely. Let Muslim countries take care of their "brother" Muslims. Enough is enough. Th experiment has failed. Muslim immigration is a problem, not an asset.

And the other problem is that in the real world resources are limited though the demand for a free lunch is not. Why give them to people who give nothing back?


"Convert to Christianity" ??? Are you nuts? Since when Sweden a Christian country. If you think that, you are no better than the superstitious Muslim nuts you are trying to "convert".
19:30 January 18, 2011 by DJECKY
Very interesting,((Not too bad for beginners)) International diplomacy is a big game ment only for those on the field of play and within the 90 minutes of play. ((when two bulls fight is the grass that suffers))
19:49 January 18, 2011 by Clarabow
I am from the UK, my Government (Blair) ignored the thousands who took to the streets to say no to war with Iraq; I am ashamed of my Government - they governed in my name.

But I beg you - if you could see the hell on earth the USA & GB left in that country - if you could you'd "save a life - and save the world".

You are right - the country who caused this hell on earth - should offer the refuge these people deserve. But it is a flawed system. I can't begin to describe the anger I feel for the terrible betrayal. We got rid of one Dictator/torturer and replaced him with a thousand smaller ones. This is the reality. This is why I write anti-war poetry.

Mr Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld should be in Court along with Blair, and I hope this comes to pass. But in the meantime - if you think that you are sending them home - you are wrong. The tortured bodies of men, women and children are thrown onto the streets, for revenge; for being different; kidnap money; for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Iraq is hell on earth and how could the country I admired for standing firm against Hitler, have got it so wrong in 2003? The latest news - 50 people died in a bomb blast in Iraq... and so it goes on...
21:10 January 18, 2011 by Uncle

In addition to what I wrote few posts before...

For SOME reason both Kuwait and Iran are not eager to accept them poor Iraqi refugees... Gosh, I wonder why is that???

Oh, maybe.... just maybe... I am just getting all imaginative here. Maybe, when IRAQIS want to invade a country like, say Iran, or for example, Kuwait for OIL, then it is not imperialism... No..

Then it is an established right of the owner to return whatever he thinks belongs to him... If this something contains millions of tons of oil - then be it. Then, the owner is free to use chemical weapons and create thousands of refugees.

However when Iraqis are not the invaders, but invaded - then it is a war crime-will to kill babies-where is the UN-must help poor Iraqis-they are the greatest ever...

Maybe... just maybe, the muslim brothers are not the first in line to accept the refugees. (Not that they are first in line to accept any other refugees, even if they are coming from a brotherly muslim land).
21:41 January 18, 2011 by Iraniboy

For obvious reasons! Iran has already accepted more than 500'000 Iraqis and 2'000'000 Afghanis. With current unemployment rate of Iran, it is not rocket science to understand that Iran can't accept more, or?!

Whatever Iraqis have done during any oppressive war, they are responsible and they will have to pay in future but what we have now is US/UK and allies who have waged the war against Iraq, made millions of people homeless, taking the advantage of oil yet they don't take the responsibly if the homeless Iraqis and Sweden has to pay for it?! It's not fair!
21:42 January 18, 2011 by Roy E
@Clarabow - ". Iraq is hell on earth and how could the country I admired for standing firm against Hitler, have got it so wrong in 2003?"

It's fascinating how your opinion changes when it's your ass that's being saved as opposed to someone else's.
08:00 January 19, 2011 by technoviking

And Iran is funneling weapons into Iraq and aiding the insurgents, helping to keep the country in a perpetual state of chaos so that the Americans look like failures...

Iran is the head of the snake. They are behind a great deal of the evil and violence in Iraq...and elsewhere.
08:37 January 19, 2011 by Uncle

Where are you taking your figures from? From the revolutionary media perhaps? Very trustworthy. Only by you calling it the "oppressive war" when clearly it has other names everywhere else. 2M afghanis? Why not 15 million? Why be so minimalistic? Or do you count the refugees from Taliban and Saddam times also?

When in the future shall Iraqis pay for killing from 200K to 1Million of your countrymen (different sources) for the OIL MONEY? When shall they pay for waging war on Kuwait? On Armegeddon day? When facing Allah?In that case, Bush will also not be favored in the eyes of the almighty.

BTW, the war in Iraq is long over. Between americans and arabs that is. There are almost no americans there and now, as technoviking has noticed correctly, the war is between Iran supplied Shia and arab supplied Sunnis. When IRAN will decide to stop the confrontation, then the war will be over.
08:48 January 19, 2011 by Iraniboy

It's totally irrelevant but now you want o discuss it's fine! First of all, it is mainly US main allies who are sending weapons to Iraq to help their old Bathis brothers. Second, give me one good reason why US has more right than Iran to meddle in Iraq and elsewhere?By the way Iran should be very stupid to supply arm to insurgents while Iraqis have already elected governors who have spent half of their life in Iran and like Iran as much they do Iraq!


So you have no information about the statistic and yet you discuss about it? Hoe convenient! For a population of 70m Iranian with more than 12% unemployment rate, it is impossible to get 15m refugees. It's not really hard to understand that or shall I draw a picture?

I didn't say when they should pay but they should do that one day. First they should construct the infrastructure devastated by US and allies. Now tell me when US and allies are supposed to pay to Iraq for the ruins they have made!?

As for allegation of weapons look at the beginning of my comment.

Eyes of almighty? You need help!
10:41 January 19, 2011 by Uncle
"Second, give me one good reason why US has more right than Iran to meddle in Iraq and elsewhere?"

Excellent reasoning! Applause! It has the same right indeed.

But then, your %itching about the US from your side is irrelevant. US wages war as well as Iran that wages war. Right now it is Iran that wages and has the possibility to decide whether the war in Iraq ends or does not end.

"For a population of 70m Iranian with more than 12% unemployment rate, it is impossible to get 15m refugees"

I see. Your sarcasm understanding department is closed for today. I just believe in 2M refugees, exactly as I believe in 15M or 15 trillion refugees.

"I didn't say when they should pay but they should do that one day".

Yep. Like selling something to your brotherly "kompis" on Blocket. He always wants to pay somewhere in the future. Not clear when, but he definetely is full of promises.

Let's use the same logic on you. Why does US have less right to invade a country, than Iraq? Iraq did it twice in 15 years. In addition it used weapons of mass destruction on civilian population. I do not see why it is OK for them to destroy infrastructure, but not for the US?

Oh, yeah I forgot. The Iraqi kompis should pay for it somewhere in the future...
12:21 January 19, 2011 by Katy87
@ Clarabow

I too am from the UK, and am embarrassed by our former and present government!

@ UScitizen ... you make me giggle!
18:20 January 19, 2011 by Clarabow
Roy, no disrespect but we didn't go to Iraq to save the lives of the people of that country. Which is why we went to war against Germany. If that had been the mission we could have done that during Desert Storm. In fact we did the opposit. We sent them back from Kuwait, and then stood at the border to make sure they went back. And what did Saddam do - he killed all those who rose up and helped us. Had we done it then, who knows maybe more good instead of bad would have followed. But we were dragged into war for one reason only. Sadaam had weapons of mass destruction and aimed at us. No other reason! at least none that the government would own. One problem - he didn't. Could he have developed them in time, maybe but if you think because of his demise my country is a safer place I have to tell you - it was safer before we got rid of him. And is the world safer now - no! Had Bush and Blair gone after the Taliban following 9/11 GB would have understood that. And so would have Sadaam. He was a bully, but he liked running the little stage he was on. There were other ways to deal with him. All those people he murdered, and now thousands more and the country a hell hole. It is far more dangerous now. and so is the world. And it is right I should be proud of my country to defend Poland, Belgium... and their borders. It is also right to thank the US for finally coming to our aid, as we probably would not have won without them. But if you think I am going to thank either for all those extra deaths in Iraq; for leaving the country as hell on earth, and hope someone else sorts out the mess we left - no, can't do that.
18:55 January 19, 2011 by Roy E

Iraq's problems today are a result of the arbitrary manner in which the British drew boundaries many decades ago.

The second Gulf war (Iraq) was the result of a premature end to the First Gulf War and the International Community's unwillingness to enforce the Cease Fire agreement, a long string of UN resolutions, and weapons inspections, all the while profiling off the thoroughly corrupt Oil for Food program.

And the UK's problems today having nothing to with the war but everything to do with insane Labor Government policies - particularly with out of control immigration and tolerance of radical Islam within its own borders.
19:28 January 19, 2011 by Clarabow
Well, I wasn't going to mention the Empire, as we have enough problems of our own making today. But you are wrong when you say UK problems are nothing to do with war. The 2nd World War bankrupted us. And all those billions spent in Iraq/Afganistan - would probably wipe out most of the deficit, and everyday more money down the drain of a problem that that we will again leave in an arbitrary manner.

You have a point and Labour was not only on a spending spree (see above) but also has indeed let immigration spiral out of control. But you have to blame the systems, not helpless people. The fact they are here suggests to me they are not at home, acting as torturers or being tortured; not letting off another car bomb or plotting to make one.

And for all the anti-muslims out there - the Catholic Church over the past 1000 years, up until those other non muslims - Stalin/Hitler - has been responsible for more genocides than anyone else.
23:14 January 19, 2011 by enkelt
atleast you have saved your selves from the terrible swedish weather,
23:58 January 19, 2011 by Uncle
"And for all the anti-muslims out there - the Catholic Church over the past 1000 years, up until those other non muslims - Stalin/Hitler - has been responsible for more genocides than anyone else"

Just because they did not have developed enough science to get to such levels of destruction.

The moment they get such technology into their hands, they use it without hesitation. They used chemical weapons, they are using rockets and missiles targeting civilians SPECIFICALLY. They use artillery for city shelling, napalm, all kinds of mines. They use torture, unusual punishments, mine fields clearing with humans etc. There is evidence that they are actively trying to find ingredients for a dirty bomb. They use children as soldiers and suicide bombers in Sudan and Afghanistan.

They use intentional starvation of masses as a weapon in Somalia. They tried to use biological weapons like Anthrax.

So I would not look for a ethical or moral superiority there just because they managed to kill less. They are trying as hard as they can to keep up.

As for the catholic church, it did EXACTLY the same things as the great warriors Mohammad, Baybars, Aybak, Jawhar as-Siqilli, Salahuddin, Saif ad-Din Qutuz did. Only that the church advanced since then.

If in New Zealand they used to eat humans, shall we all go there and feast on the aborigines there? We have the moral right that leads muslims in their Jihad, don't we?
02:15 January 20, 2011 by technoviking

The Iranians are trying to perpetuate and continue the violence while America is simply looking for a way to end it and get out. Which is worse?

The Americans made a mistake going there for sure, but it is Iran that pays to keep things continually violent and chaotic as an objective. They WANT the violence to continue and are a major reason why America can't leave and let the Iraqis govern themselves.

Well that and the imaginary tribal/factional rivalries that you people seem to love and kill over so much.

Iran has an evil, evil government and if you can't see that you are simply not looking.
09:07 January 20, 2011 by Uncle

No, he sees, he sees it. He even calls himself an "open minded" person, who dislikes ANY wrongdoing.

Coincidentally he pounds only on the advanced world though. He cares very much about the suffering of palestinians in Israel, but he does not give a jack about the same suffering of the same palestinians in Lebanon and Egypt, or kurds in Turkey or Iraq, although the latter suffered much more losses than ever imagined in Palestinian authority.

He cares and worries about US and UK invading Iraq and calls for them to pay NOW, but Iraqis, who invaded Iran and Kuwait for oil should pay somewhere in the distant and vague future.

He is oh, so disturbed with the racism in Sweden, but the fact that muslims murder hundreds of thousands in western Africa on the basis of religion and color, does not turn on any red lights for him.

Now, when the US is not relevant any longer for Iraq, he still pounds on it, while justifying Iran for sponsoring the ongoing war over there because "it has the same right to do it as the US".

He is an excellent representative of the "moderate" muslim world, that would take the side of muslims even if they execute children in thousands "because of the evil politics of the west that brought muslims to these extreme measures".
17:00 January 20, 2011 by Clarabow
There is an article on line BBC News - Iraq war in figures - which give the financial and human costs if anyone is interested.
04:39 January 21, 2011 by theTRUTH4u

When is the next busload of 100 leaving?

Stack them 2 or 3 high and off you go!
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