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Tuesday, 19 September, 2006

  • Newsnight
  • 19 Sep 06, 06:03 PM

thailand_203.jpgMilitary coup in Thailand; pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq; and Sir Menzies Campbell on his day at conference.

Comment on Tuesday’s programme here.

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  • 1.
  • At 10:55 AM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • chris wrote:

Paxman looked like he had just woken up during the intro last night. Why dont you plug him into the mains 2 mins before the show - get him amped up a bit. I want to see him serving up some major heat not dozing off.

  • 2.
  • At 11:06 AM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • Josh wrote:

How did you do it???? Amazing report about israeli training camps in northern Iraq. Good stuff!!

  • 3.
  • At 12:57 PM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • Sheelan Talabani wrote:

Thanks to the BBC for reporting nothing about a big genocide in the 20th century and for which Saddam is now being on trial: the genocide of Kurds during 1987 and 1988, the Anfal genocide, and exatcly at the time of this case trail, and instead of making one report about the Anfal genocide (which is much bigger than the genosides in Bosdnia), chooses to talk about what shovinist Arabs are trying to prove so desperately so that eyes of the Arabic nations are turned away from the atrocities commited by one whom some of them are still considering an Arab hero!!

You can convince no one with an atom of brain that this timing had been done innocently. It isnt the first time I recognise the biasness of BBC towards shovinsts Arabs. It also isnt the first time that we Kurds notice how ignoring the BBC is towards the Kurdish case. The BBC did not, until the starting of the second trail of Saddam, even know about the word "Anfal", which is the name of the genocide campaign against more than 200,000 Kurds.

What a brillient timing to talk about alleged military training of Israelies in Kurdistan, when ignoring talking about so many important and big issues about the Kurds. Not even al-Jazeera could be so insensitive and so biased !

I think the BBC is no longer the independent organisation once, ages ago, it was.

  • 4.
  • At 08:27 PM on 20 Sep 2006,
  • Nadia wrote:

Thank your for showing this. Many Iraqis have been telling about this and have been told liars now the truth is coming out at BBC and that is one step forward.

In my view the fact that Israel have been training Kurdish militias is a clear proof that they are working against a united Iraq. They want it divided that it what these actions have shown.

It also shows how double standards Israel has. Here the last months we hear Israel complain about a foreign county training the Hizbollah in Lebanon. Israel demands that the world attacks Iran and take away Hizbolla’s weapons. All this and Israel have all along been doing the same and worse in Iraq by training a Kurdish militia.

  • 5.
  • At 12:57 AM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Theodore Berra wrote:

So pure speculation that Israel is planning to use Kurdish troops, or their airport, to launch an attack on Iran has greater priority than the military coup in Thailand, which followed 15 minutes into your broadcast.
All you succeeded in doing with this story was to make life harder for the Kurds, and increase enmity towards Israel. It is understandable to most intelligent people, that following the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Kurds during the Saddam era they would wish to be trained by the best soldiers with the expertise in this type of warfare - Israeli. Yet you manage to see all kinds of potential conspiracies. You certainly give additional propaganda to Syria and Iran - part of the axis of evil, in case you've forgotten. Which society exactly does the BBC serve?

It is time you ceased trying to ingratiate yourselves to evil regimes in order to increase your world media status and represent the society that empowers you.

  • 6.
  • At 02:44 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • freedom lover wrote:

I totally agree with the comments of Theodore. Has the BBC become the mouth piece of the extremists & Islamist fascists? You “expose” the Kurdistan security services in trying to prevent terrorist attacking the Kurdish international airport!!! What’s the big deal? Is it because the companies were not “British”? Even if true what’s the problem with Israelis training the Kurds?
Unlike most Arabs, (which Kurds are not) they recognize the state of Israel (so does the Palestinian president). These trainings were alleged to have taken place over 3-4 years ago, so how does this relate to attacks on Iran today?
The Kurds are trying & managing to defend themselves from terrorist attacks by themselves without asking for foreign troops to be deployed, unlike the Iranian backed & trained Hezbollah who are bent on destroying Israel & killing civilians while forcing their brand of extremist Shia Islam by force. Was the pope wrong in his recent comments? Just watch newsnights interviews with the Islamist fascists!!!

  • 7.
  • At 08:44 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Kaprani wrote:

I can't believe this. Is it BBC I am watching or Al-Jazeera. I started to doubt BBC's impartiality. BBC, specially its Arabic service, is infiltrated by Arab nationalists who hate everything Kurdish and see the rise of Kurdistan as a threat. I agree with the other commenters that timing is no coincidental, as BBC is supposed to cover the Saddam trial and Anfal genocides campaign against Kurds instead of wasting time by showing unsubstantiated allegations like this.

I am quite touched by the amount of support you lovely people have given me.

How did you do it???? Amazing report about israeli training camps in northern Iraq. Good stuff!!

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