Baghdad on “Unprecedented” Lockdown

30 September 2006: Since August, the Northeast Intelligence Network accumulated a significant amount of intelligence information from various venues to suggest that this year, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan would be different from any other Ramadan since 2001. That forecast has already been fulfilled in Baghdad, as the first week of Ramadan 2006 has been the worst for suicide and homicide bombings, where they have hit a record high since the U.S. led invasion in 2003. Acting on credible intelligence, the Iraqi government ordered an unprecedented, complete lockdown inside Baghdad, banning all pedestrian and vehicular traffic until Sunday morning. Additionally, security around the “green zone, or the 2 square mile riverside compound once occupied by Saddam Hussein and now home to thousands, including most senior officials and the U.S. and British embassies, has been significantly increased based on the threat of large-scale attacks involving vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices VBIEDs), including large truck bombs possibly laced with chemical agents and suicide bombers wearing explosive vests.

The lockdown also comes immediately following Friday’s arrest of Khudhir FARHAN, who has been identified as a member of one of Iraqi parliament’s personal security detail. FARHAN is part of the personal security detachment of Adnan al-Dulaimi, the head of the largest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament.[/b] Khudhir FARHAN was taken into custody Friday at the home of al-Dulaimi.

Also, the lockdown was announced shortly after the brother-in-law of Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, the new presiding judge in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial was shot and killed in Baghdad, which appears to be an attempt to force the trial to be moved out of Iraq. The attack on a car carrying the judge’s brother-in-law and nephew was the latest in a string of violence linked to proceedings against the former Iraqi leader. During Saddam’s first trial, three defense lawyers were killed, and a fourth fled the country in fear for his life.