Meet Um Hanadi: An Iraqi Death Squad Commander Presented as a “Housewife Hero” to Vapid American Audiences

by Scott Creighton

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In Syria, two weeks ago, the Pentagon ordered an “accidental” strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in order to stop the cease-fire deal which would have forced them to give up information on “ISIS”, their proxy regime change army in that country. The SAA was engaged in a fight with “ISIS” and other regime change actors in the area.

This week Pentagon and Obama administration officials are panicking because the SAA combined with forces from Iran and Russia are poised to begin a major ground assault in eastern Aleppo in order to retake their city from our “moderate” terrorists who aligned with and indistinguishable from al-Nusra which is actually al-Qaeda. In fact, an al-Nusra commander recently told a reporter that all of the “moderate” opposition in Syria these days are actually al-Nusra.

And if that isn’t enough Bizarro World news for one Saturday morning, try this on for size: CNN and other MSM outlets are touting the “heroic” nature of one thirty-nine-year-old Wahida Mohamed, a.k.a “Um Hanadi”, the self-described “housewife” death squad commander from Iraq.

“This is a woman who commands respect, I thought. She keeps a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol in a holster under her left arm. The area around the trigger was silver where the paint had worn off.

The woman in question, 39-year-old Wahida Mohamed — better known as Um Hanadi — leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Shirqat, a town 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Mosul, Iraq.

She and her men, part of a tribal militia, recently helped government forces drive ISIS out of the town.” CNN

This tribal militia she is supposedly leading is one of many Iraqi government and US coalition-backed death squads in the country running around killing, torturing and beheading Iraqis who support the real revolution taking place in the country being lead by the General Military Council of Iraqi Revolutionaries.

The CNN story goes on to mention the fact that this woman still has an active Facebook page which shows her beheading captured individuals, cooking their heads in pots and burning them alive. I thought Facebook was supposed to delete and ban users who post graphic images of death, torture and violence? I guess not when they are part of a new hearts and minds campaign.

“After listing all the attacks against her, and all the loved ones lost to ISIS, Um Hanadi said: “I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies.”

She made no excuses, nor attempted to rationalize this. It was delivered as a boast, not a confession.

“This is all documented,” she said. “You can see it on my Facebook page.”

So we checked. Among many pictures of her with her dead husbands, fighters and generals, there was a photo of her in the same black combat fatigues and headscarf holding what appeared to be a freshly severed head. Another showed two severed heads in a cooking pot. In a third photograph, she is standing among partially-burned corpses.” CNN

As is often the case, the truth of her story is hidden right there in plain sight if you simply take the time to do a little research.


“”I began fighting the terrorists in 2004, working with Iraqi security forces and the coalition,” she says. As a result, she attracted the wrath of what eventually became al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, which later morphed into ISIS.” CNN

In 2004, al-Qaeda wasn’t in Iraq. The only thing in Iraq back then was a large percentage of the population who were fighting against our occupation and the corrupt puppet regime we installed after the invasion of 2003. You’ll notice CNN makes that point clear in a way by stating she was fighting “what eventually became” al-Qaeda.

She wasn’t fighting al-Qaeda, she was part of a death squad, one of many set up in 2004 by by the Salvador Option expert we sent in that year, Colonel Jim Steele and his direct supervisor, David Petraeus.

In 2004, with the war in Iraq going from bad to worse, the US drafted in a veteran of Central America’s dirty wars to help set up a new force to fight the insurgency (Salvador Option Death Squads). The result: secret detention centres, torture and a spiral into sectarian carnage…

For over a year the Guardian has been trying to contact Steele, 68, to ask him about his role during the Iraq war as US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s personal envoy to Iraq’s Special Police Commandos: a fearsome paramilitary force that ran a secret network of detention centres across the country – where those suspected of rebelling against the US-led invasion were tortured for information

In June 2004 Petraeus arrived in Baghdad with the brief to train a new Iraqi police force with an emphasis on counterinsurgency. Steele and serving US colonel James Coffman introduced Petraeus to a small hardened group of police commandos, many of them among the toughest survivors of the old regime, including General Adnan Thabit, sentenced to death for a failed plot against Saddam but saved by the US invasion. Thabit, selected by the Americans to run the Special Police Commandos, developed a close relationship with the new advisers..

Petraeus and Steele would unleash this local force on the Sunni population as well as the insurgents and their supporters and anyone else who was unlucky enough to get in the way. It was classic counterinsurgency. It was also letting a lethal, sectarian genie out of the bottle. The consequences for Iraqi society would be catastrophic. At the height of the civil war two years later 3,000 bodies a month were turning up on the streets of Iraq — many of them innocent civilians of sectarian war.” Guardian

In a video put out by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units which is a consortium of mainly Shia death squads (militias) backed by the puppet regime in Iraq, Um Hanadi is seen giving orders to a number of guys driving those same white Toyota (Helix) trucks we always see “ISIS” driving around in. The only difference is, we also see members of Iraq’s Special Police commandos along with her, supposedly taking orders from her. It should be noted: “According to some sources, the Popular Mobilization Forces have made a fundamental difference on the battlefield, as they have undermined the superiority of ISIS at the level of guerrilla warfare, as well as at the level of the psychological operations.[13]

In this image we see two of Iraq’s Special Police commandos in the scene with Um taking direction from her.


And in this image from that promotional video made back in July of this year, we have testimony from a commander of the Special Police commandos talking about how they picked her to head up that unit in the Special Operations division.


The commander said she was very useful in the field of gathering intelligence, which means torture in Iraq.

At one point in the video, you can see one of these guys wearing a vest that reads “police”

If you believe the story, there is no question about what “Um Hanadi” is: a coalition-backed death squad leader and torturer of Iraqi people who are tired of the corrupt puppet regimes we installed in their country. And if you take their story at face value, then she has been destabilizing and terrorizing Iraq for a very long time.

“Behind the mundane notices is a shift in Iraqi society towards a world of concealed identities, religious affiliations and family histories. The name-changes on passports, ID cards, school registers and workplace payrolls are only one subterfuge being employed by Sunnis to protect themselves from the rampant Shia death squads, particularly in Baghdad.” Guardian, 2006

Ten short years ago we could at least find a few publications that wrote about death squads the way they should be written about. With disgust and disdain. Contempt even.

Death squad members are the lowest creatures on the planet. They take advantage of state power to silence, torture and terrorist their own population. They are like American blacks who gladly served their white masters in the days of slavery by beating and lynching other slaves.

Any reading of this story of the “housewife hero” mandates journalists and researchers find and then report the reality of who she really is and more importantly, what she represents. But of course, in the convoluted Bizarro World of MSM (and even some so-called “alternative” sites) this monster is elevated to a near mythical status. It is the year of the woman of course and identity politics is a powerful sedative these days. You should read some of the comments on the MSM outlets. Likely, many of them are paid influence peddlers… but some are not I suppose.

The Shining City on the Hill has burned to the ground. God doesn’t live here anymore. Our glorious leaders demand our troops provide air support for al-Qaeda, we wish to hand over a Nobel Peace Prize to a terrorist group of propaganda makers and now we are being told to idolize death squad leaders who have decimated a country while torturing her own neighbors.

No. God doesn’t live here anymore. Mammon evicted him.

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6 Responses

  1. Iraq has a civil war.

    Syria has a US-led proxy war.

    In Iraq, what the USA calls “ISIS”™ consists of Sunnis who are trying to avoid being exterminated by the US-installed regime in Baghdad.

    In Syria, what the USA calls “ISIS”™ consists of Sunnis who are armed and funded by the USA. Their function is to overthrow the government, or at least cause as much destruction as possible.

    Most Americans are totally confused. This is intentional. Their confusion makes them think, “All I know is it’s a bunch of Aay-rabs chopping each other’s heads off, while the Russians bomb hospitals and day care centers. To hell with ‘em all. The REAL news, is that Brad Pitt is being divorced.”

  2. Perhaps the MSM feel their “think of the children/last hospital left”stories are falling on deaf ears so they are trialing “female zombie killer”stories?

  3. Scott, thank you. This is an excellent piece.

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