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Ashcroft Appoints Special Prosecutor In

Ashcroft Appoints Special Prosecutor in Plame Identity-Disclosure Scandal Attorney-General John Ashcroft recused himself Wednesday in the investigation of the Valerie Plame case, saying he will appoint a special prosecutor. High Bush administration…

Basra Massive Drug Petroleum Smuggling

Basra: Massive Drug, Petroleum smuggling; Christians, Musicians Harassed Because the southern Iraqi city of Basra (1.3 million) is under British military occupation rather than American, it is little covered in the US…

More Iranians In Karbala Than Iraqis

More Iranians in Karbala than Iraqis? One finds these little gems in things like theCoalition Provisional Authority Briefing on Dec. 30, already on the Web. (Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy…

Firefight With Ansar Al Islam In Mosul

Firefight with Ansar al-Islam in Mosul kills 3 US troops in Mosul fought with the Ansar al-Islam terrorist group in Mosul on Sunday, killing 3 and capturing several other members, according to…

Corruption Concerns Delay Pentagon

Corruption Concerns Delay Pentagon Reconstruction Projects in Iraq The Boston Globe reports that the Pentagon has canceled the process of giving out bids to reconstruct Iraq until February 1, out of concern…

Barzani Kurdish Rights Must Be In Iraq

Barzani: Kurdish Rights must be in Iraq Basic Law; Kubba: Washington rejects Loose Federalism The two most prominent Kurdish leaders are making a full court press for an Iraqi Kurdistan to be…

Al Rubaie No Sunni Shiite Conflict Need

al-Rubaie: No Sunni-Shiite Conflict; need for National Reconciliation In Nasiriyah, Interim Governing Council member Muwaffaq al-Rubaie affirmed that there are no disputes between Shiites and Sunnis. He said that these two branches…

2 Us Troops Killed 8 Wounded

2 US troops killed, 8 Wounded; Interpreter Killed, 8 Iraqi troops wounded Michelle Faul of AP reports that guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb at the Karada shopping district in Baghdad, killing one…

Mi6 Manipulated British Media Former

MI6 Manipulated British Media Former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski called on Sunday (CNN) for an investigation into how the US was manipulated into the Iraq war. Speaking of the forged Niger…

More Hurdles For Iraqi Democracy Neocon

(More) Hurdles for Iraqi Democracy The Neocon idea that a post-war, US-dominated Iraq would become a beacon of democracy faces more and more hurdles. The increasingly strident and increasingly controversial Kurdish demand…

Alawi Saddam Will Be Tried In Secret

Alawi: Saddam will be Tried in Secret; Withdrawal Timeline for US Troops to be Negotiated Saddam’s trial is unlikely to be public, according to Iyad Alawi, member of the Interim Governing Council…

Ken Macleods Blog And Iraq As Many Of

Ken MacLeod’s Blog and Iraq As many of you know, I’m an old time science fiction fan, having grown up on Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, Delaney, Moorcock and the other greats. (I don’t…

Shiite Issues In News Thousands Of

Shiite Issues in the News Thousands of Shiites gathered in Najaf to mourn the 1999 assassination of Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr and other Shiite figures martyred by Saddam. The ayatollah’s followers tend…

10 Us Soldiers Wounded 6 Other

10 US soldiers Wounded, 6 other Coalition Troops Killed, 36 wounded; Governor of Karbala Hospitalized with 80 other wounded Civilians Guerillas launched four massive car bombings on Saturday in the Shiite holy…

Bam Earthquake Kills 20000 Enormity Of

Bam Earthquake Kills 20,000 The enormity of 20,000 persons being suddenly wiped out by an earthquake is just hard for me to fathom. There is an old custom in the Middle East…

Bremer To Blair No Weapons Labs Cover

Bremer to Blair: No Weapons Labs The cover story of the Bush administration about the reasons for the Iraq war has become so full of holes that it is even confusing major…

Al Hakim Calls For Un Involvement In

Al-Hakim Calls for UN Involvement In a news conference in Baghdad, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, temporary president of the Interim Governing Council, said that when in Europe he had lobbied heads of state…

Gang That Couldnt Shoot Straight

The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight Although Baghdad was shaken by a series of six rocket attacks on Thursday, the guerrillas managed to do very little damage. They targeted the HQ of…

Sunni Religious Groups Form Council Nyt

Sunni Religious Groups form Council The NYT is reporting that Sunni Arab religious groupings met on Thursday and are seeking to establish a Sunni Arab leadership that could match that of the…

Sistani Stands Ground On Demand For

Sistani Stands Ground on Demand for General Elections AFP reports that six members of the Interim Governing Council met with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Najaf on Thursday to discuss his demand…

Some Mujahidin I Khalq Terrorists To Be

Some Mujahidin-i Khalq Terrorists to be Tried in Iraq The Mujahidin-i Khalq terrorist organization, which has committed mass murder in Iran, was given refuge in Iraq by Saddam Hussein, who used the…

Future Of Iraqi Military International

The Future of the Iraqi Military The International Crisis Group has issued a report on the situation of the Iraqi military, and made some important recommendations to the US. “RECOMMENDATIONS To the…

Abdul Aziz Al Hakim Compensate Iran

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim: Compensate Iran ‘ Jordanian Press Highlights 25, 26 Dec 03Jordan — FBIS Report in Arabic 26 Dec 03FBIS REPORTFriday, December 26, 2003 Amman Al-Ra’y in Arabic on 25 Dec…

Merry Christmas Some Iraq Christianity

Merry Christmas: Some Iraq Christianity Links In honor of Christmas, I include some links about Iraq’s Christians. For the history of Iraqi Christianity click here. Iraqis believe Christianity was brought to what…

Sunnis Gunned Down At Mosque Specter Of

Sunnis Gunned Down at Mosque: Specter of Sectarian Warfare Raised Al-Hayat: “Not even a week has passed since the Shiite and Sunni clerics issued a call for self-control and refraining from targeting…

Two Students Injured In Ethnic Protests

Two Students Injured in Ethnic Protests in Kirkuk al-Hayat, Tass: Student leaders in Kirkuk said that two Arab students were wounded Wednesday in confrontations with police, who were attempting to forbid a…

Riots Between Kurds And Turkmen And

Riots between Kurds and Turkmen and Arabs in Kirkuk The 5 Kurdish members of the Interim Governing Council have called for Mosul and Diyala province to be part of their greater Kurdistan…

3 Us Troops Killed One Wounded Judge

3 US Troops Killed, One Wounded; Judge, Police Killed in North Reuters reports Guerrillas near Samarra detonated a powerful roadside bomb at a passing US military vehicle, destroying it and killing the…

Bomb Found In Home Of Al Hakim On

Bomb Found in Home of al-Hakim On Monday, a bomb was found in the home of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the Shiite cleric who is December’s president of the Interim Governing Council, according…

Nelson We Cannot Afford To Lose Peace

Nelson: We cannot Afford to Lose the Peace; Northern Ireland Analogy Fraser Nelson has written a long post mortem in The Scotsman on all the things that have gone wrong in the…

2 Us Troops Killed In Baghdad 2 Wounded

2 US Troops Killed in Baghdad, 2 Wounded A roadside bomb killed two US troops in Baghdad, along with a civilian translator, and wounded two others. According to Michelle Faul of AP,…

Sistani On Elections In Interview With

Sistani on Elections In an interview with the Baghdad daily az-Zaman, a spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani said that he expects his negotiations with various parties concerning the transition to an…

Rpg Attack In Mosul Injures 1 Sabotage

RPG attack in Mosul injures 1; Sabotage of Petroleum Facilities Michelle Faul reports that on Sunday, guerrillas in Mosul launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a US military convoy. The grenade, fired near…

Wrangling Over Future Of Kurdistan

Wrangling over the Future of Kurdistan Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, a member of the Interim Governing Council, announced Sunday that the Kurds would not be satisfied with provincial federalism in Iraq. It…

Al Hakim In Damascus Abdul Aziz Al

Al-Hakim in Damascus Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, president for December of the Interim Governing Council, visited Damascus and announced that he was seeking a security agreement with Syria that would guarantee “cooperation in…

Steps Toward Trying Saddam In Iraq

Steps toward Trying Saddam in Iraq According to al-Hayat, the court judge, Dara Nuruddin, a member of the Interim Governing Council, announced that 20 judges will be appointed to look into the…

Vigilanteism In Karbala Curfew

Vigilanteism in Karbala: Curfew Announced Basil Abdul Majid reports in az-Zaman that a curfew has been announced in the city as a result of threats against the provincial authorities and police chief.…

Saddam Trial May Backfire Following

Saddam Trial May Backfire The following interview appeared in the Ann Arbor News on Sunday. In it I take a contrarian stand. I know that there are lots of good reasons to…

Wave Of Assassinations Against

Wave of Assassinations Against Baathists in Wake of Saddam’s Capture Even before Saddam was captured on Dec. 13, a wave of assassinations of former Baathist officials had begun in Baghdad (following on…

2 Us Soldiers Wounded 3 Iraqi Police

2 US Soldiers Wounded; 3 Iraqi police Killed by US Troops According to MSNBC, attacks on US forces and Iraqi police in the past few days have killed more than dozen persons…

Lessons Of Libya War Isnt Always

Lessons of Libya: War isn’t always Necessary Hawks in Washington will attempt to make the argument that Libya’s sudden willingness to give up its weapons of mass destruction programs is a dividend…

Coalition Iraqi Police Extensively

Coalition, Iraqi Police Extensively Infiltrated by Oppositionist Spies Chris Marks of the Scotsman reviews the ways in which the Coalition military and the Iraqi police were extensively infiltrated by Baath agents. This…

Rumsfeld Bechtel And Iraq Well

Rumsfeld, Bechtel and Iraq Well, the Democratic Party seems too nice or inept to do anything with it, but as the Washington Post points out, the good folks at the National Security…

Breaking News Shiite Badr Brigade Hq In

Breaking News: Shiite Badr Brigade HQ in Baghdad Bombed According to CNN, a huge bomb demolished the headquarters of the paramilitary Badr Brigade in Baghdad, the militia of the Shiite Supreme Council…

1 Us Soldier Killed Another Wounded

1 US Soldier Killed, Another Wounded along with Translator Guerrillas in northwest Baghdad mounted an ambush late Wednesday on a 1st Armored Division convoy, killing one US soldier, and wounding another. An…

Al Hakim To Ash Sharq Al Awsat Saddam

Al-Hakim to ash-Sharq al-Awsat: Saddam must be Tried in Iraq In an interview with the London daily ash-Sharq al-Awsat, Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, current president of the Interim Governing Council, insisted…

Kofi Annan May Visit Iraq Tells Sistani

Kofi Annan May visit Iraq; Tells Sistani Direct Elections Impractical Kofi Annan is seeking a Jan. 15 meeting with the countries involved in Iraq and with the Interim Governing Council, so as…

Should Saddam Be Executed Or Exhibited

Should Saddam be Executed or Exhibited in Stocks and Spit on? Shiites Debate The Associated Press reports on the debate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on what should be done…

So This Is Liberation One Of Prime

So this is Liberation? One of the prime messages the Bush Public Relations team has attempted to project to the US public is that the War on Terror, and the War on…

Abdul Aziz Al Hakim Recognizes Justice

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Recognizes Justice of Reparations to Iran Reuters reports that Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the current president of the Interim Governing Council, has admitted that Iran has a just claim on…

Convalescence For Iraqi Psyche Needed

Convalescence for the Iraqi Psyche Needed: Sunni-Shiite Clashes in Wake of Saddam Capture Maureen Fan of Knight-Ridder observes that the capture of Saddam by the Americans has exacerbated tensions between Sunnis and…

Several Us Troops Wounded In Mosul And

Several US Troops Wounded in Mosul and near Kirkuk; Assassination and a Bomb in Baghdad AFP reports that 3 US soldiers were wounded in separate rocket and mortar attacks in Mosul on…

Economic Revival In Basra Accompanied

Economic Revival in Basra accompanied by Crime Wave Alisha Ryu argues in a report for the Voice of America that the southern city of Basra’s economic efflorescence, and the more laid-back style…

Is Capture Of Saddam Bad News For Bush

Is the Capture of Saddam Bad News for Bush? William Pfaff argues in the International Herald Tribune that there are lots of reasons that Saddam’s capture could be bad news for Bush.…

Student Chants In Mosul For Those

Student Chants in Mosul For those interested in crowd behavior, I note from al-Hayat the chants of student protesters in Mosul below. They are really quite ugly, like something out of the…

College Professors In Mosul Strike

College Professors in Mosul Strike The professors at Mosul University announced a general strike on Tuesday, demanding an increase in pay. They were protesting that professors in Kurdish institutions of higher learning…

3 Us Soldiers Wounded 1 Iraqi Policeman

3 US Soldiers Wounded, 1 Iraqi Policeman Killed and 1 Wounded; 7 Protesters Killed; Demonstrations and Counter-Demonstrations Throughout Iraq Guerrillas set off a roadside bomb in Tikrit, wounding three US soldiers on…

On Point I Was On Nprs On Point Tuesday

On Point I was on NPR’s On Point Tuesday evening. I was surprised to find the other guests reporting an attitude in the CPA and Washington that Saddam’s capture was the beginning…

Saddam May Attempt To Implicate Us Mark

Saddam May attempt to Implicate US Mark Matthews of the Baltimore Sun points out that Saddam may attempt to implicate Western powers and US political figures during the course of his war…

New Political Map Of Us Implication For

New Political Map Of Us Implication For

New Political Map of the US: Implication for Elections and Iraq Robert David Sullivan, writing in The Commonwealth, has proposed a new political map of the US based on long-term county-specific voting…

Sandwich Analysis Of Gotim News

Sandwich Analysis of “Got’im” News Conference: Tom Engelhardt Journalist Tom Engelhardt’s Tomdispatch.com caught something important about the news conference that announced Saddam’s capture in his recent column (scroll down to “The Hangover”):…

Anti Union Laws And Privatization In

Anti-Union Laws and Privatization in Iraq Many thanks to Greg Lipman for alerting me to the David Bacon article on labor issues and privatization in Iraq. Bacon alleges that a 1987 anti-union…

1 Us Soldier Killed 8 Iraqis Killed 25

1 US Soldier Killed; 8 Iraqis killed, 25 Wounded in Car Bombings at Iraqi Police Stations Pro-Saddam Demonstrations in Falluja and Tikrit A roadside bomb killed one US soldier in Baghdad on…

Successful Caucus Elections In Samawa

Successful Caucus Elections in Samawa Veteran Middle East reporter Nicholas Blanford writes in the Christian Science Monitor about the successes of the Coalition Provisional Authority in sponsoring caucus-type elections in Muthanna Province…

Reaction To Saddams Capture In Iran In

Reaction to Saddam’s Capture in Iran In 1980, Saddam Hussein launched a war on Iran, attempting to grab its oil-rich Khuzistan province, and beginning a bloody conflict that lasted until 1988. The…

4 Us Troops Wounded In Kuwait According

4 US troops Wounded in Kuwait According to Reuters, guerrillas in Kuwait attacked two US convoys moving through that country on Sunday in separate incidents, lightly wounding four US soldiers when their…

Impact Of Saddam Arrest On Us Politics

Impact of Saddam Arrest on US Politics The capture of Saddam is probably more important for US politics than for the Iraqis. The Baath Party and the Saddam cult of personality were…

Celebrations In Dearborn Arab Americans

Celebrations in Dearborn Arab-Americans in southwest Detroit came out into the frosty streets to celebrate Saddam’s capture, reports Nancy Youssef of the Detroit Free Press. She writes, ‘”This is a golden opportunity…

Musharraf Nearly Blown Up On Any Other

Musharraf Nearly Blown Up On any other day it would be front-page news. As Dawn notes, General Pervez Musharraf, who styles himself president of Pakistan, was very nearly killed by a powerful…

Iraqi Joke About Capture Of Saddam Ash

Iraqi Joke about the Capture of Saddam Ash-Sharq al-Awsat says the following is making the rounds in Baghdad: ‘Muhammad Said al-Sahhaf, the former Information Ministry spokesman [known in the West as Baghdad…

Rumors Of Iran Connection To Arrest Of

Rumors of Iran Connection to Arrest of Saddam Questioned Ali Nourizadeh, writing in the London-based Saudi daily, ash-Sharq al-Awsat, reports that rumors have swirled in Iraq that Iranian intelligence played a role…

Reflections On Capture Of Saddam

Reflections on the Capture of Saddam Hussein Seeing a captive, disheveled Saddam on television this morning released a cascade of memories for me. I remembered the innocent Jews brutally hanged in downtown…

20 Die In Car Bomb At Khaldiya Police

20 Die in Car Bomb at Khaldiya Police Station Guerrillas exploded a car bomb at an Iraqi police station in Khaldiya, west of Baghdad, on Sunday morning. Early reports gave the number…

Continued Opposition To Us Fiat In Iraq

Continued Opposition to the US Fiat in Iraq The possibility of a United Nations Commission that would decide whether early elections should be held in Iraq continued to be discussed in Shiite…

3000 Iranian Pilgrims Day Foreseen For

3000 Iranian Pilgrims a Day foreseen for Iraq According to AFP, another son of SCIRI leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, Muhsin al-Hakim, announced that he had negotiated a deal with the Interim Governing…

Sunnis Gear Up To Resist Shiite Rule

Sunnis Gear up to Resist Shiite Rule Meanwhile, Rich Potter of the Toronto Star reports that the resistance to the US occupation in Falluja is Sunni Arab nationalist in character, and is…

Sistani Calls For Un Decision According

Sistani Calls for UN Decision According to the Gulf Daily News, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani stands by his ruling that Iraq should go to early general elections on a one-person, one-vote basis.…

1 Us Soldier Killed 14 Wounded Three

1 US Soldier Killed, 14 wounded Three guerrillas drove a car filled with explosives near the Champion US Army Base at Ramadi on Thursday and blew themselves up, killing one soldier, wounding…

Fadlallah Discourages Formation Of

Fadlallah Discourages formation of Militias Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, who resides in Beirut, Lebanon, has long had a following inside Iraq. He was born and educated in Najaf and is an…

Igc Negotiates With Sistani Interim

IGC Negotiates with Sistani The Interim Governing Council sent a delegate Thursday to conduct talks with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, which were described as “tough but sincere.” (-AFP via ash-Sharq al-Awsat). They…

Wolfowitz Throws Tantrum At France

Wolfowitz throws Tantrum at France, Germany, Russia and Canada: The Failure of Emotional Intelligence It transpires that the Pentagon order denying Iraq reconstruction contracts to France, Germany, Russia and Canada was issued…

2 Us Troops Killed 4 Wounded In Mosul

2 US Troops Killed, 4 Wounded in Mosul Guerrillas killed 2 US troops in a roadside bombing and a shoot-out in two separate incidents in Mosul on Wednesday. Four others were wounded…

Shiite Mosque Attacked Unknown

Shiite Mosque attacked Unknown assailants razed a Shiite mosque in Baghdad on Wednesday. According to local eyewitnesses, the act was revenge for the bombing of a Sunni mosque on Tuesday, which killed…

Human Rights Anti Terror And Somewhat

Human Rights, Anti-Terror (and somewhat Anti-American) Demonstrations The demonstrations for human rights and against terrorism in several Iraqi cities on Wednesday were organized by parties represented on the Interim Governing Council. Althought…

Cpa Halts Effort To Tally Iraqi War

CPA Halts Effort to Tally Iraqi War Dead AP is alleging that an ongoing program by the Iraqi ministry of health aimed at totalling up the civilian casualties in the Iraq War…

Iraqi Battalion Collapses Cnn Reports

Iraqi Battalion Collapses CNN reports that the first new battalion of the Iraqi army being trained by the US has collapsed, with nearly half of recruits having resigned. Apparently poor pay ($60…

Hundreds Of Shiites Demonstrate In

Hundreds of Shiites Demonstrate in Baghdad Hundreds of angry Shiites demonstrated in Baghdad on Tuesday, over the killing of a mosque prayer leader by US troops. They gathered in front of the…

Clark Lashes Out At Bush On Mishandling

Clark Lashes out at Bush on Mishandling of Iraq US presidential candidate Wesley Clark called the Iraq war a “$150 billion mess” on Tuesday, in his harshest condemnation of the Bush administration’s…

Interim Governing Council Expels

Interim Governing Council expels Mujahidin According to AP, the Iraqi Interim Governing Council has decided to expel from the country the terrorist group, the Mujahidin-i Khalq. The Mujahidin-i Khalq Organization or Holy…

Us Arrests 29 In Kirkuk Including 5

US arrests 29 in Kirkuk, including 5 Policemen US forces arrested 29 Iraqis on Tuesday afternoon, including 5 police officers, after a search operation in a quarter of the northern, largely Kurdish…

Eyewitness Account Of Us Administration

Eyewitness Account of US Administration of Iraq Amal Winter posts at H-Net a fascinating account of her recent 3-week trip to Iraq as part of a delegation of International Federation for Election…

Sistani Followers Call For Resistance

Sistani Followers: Call for Resistance if Islam is Threatened Anthony Shadid of the Washington Post has written a fine and detailed description of the holy seminary city of Najaf, which is now…

Breaking News 58 Us Soldiers Wounded In

Breaking News: 58 US Soldiers Wounded in Bomb Blast According to the WP, a suicide bomber got just barely within striking distance of a US Army base near Mosul, but detonated his…

Us Soldier Assassinated In Mosul Drive

US Soldier Assassinated in Mosul Drive-By; Iraqi Policeman Killed Four Iraqis in a vehicle conducted a drive-by shooting directed at US troops in Mosul Monday, killing a US soldier from the 101st…

Iraqi Resistance Sees Itself As

Iraqi Resistance sees itself as Fighting Occupation Mitchell Prothero of UPI has found a source among the guerrillas willing to explain the nature of the Iraqi resistance. It is decentralized; much or…

Us Using Israeli Military To Train

US Using Israeli Military to Train Special Ops to fight Iraqis Julian Borger of the Guardian reports that the Israeli army has sent “urban warfare specialists” to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina,…

Carnegies Arab Reform Bulletin I Did

Carnegie’s Arab Reform Bulletin I did not get time to do it when it came out, but I wanted to direct readers to the recent Arab Reform Bulletin put out by the…

1 Us Soldier Killed 2 Wounded In Mosul

1 US Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Mosul Guerrillas used a roadside bomb to kill one US soldier and wound 2 others from the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul on Sunday. Also,…

Al Dawa Party Will Act As Intermediary

al-Da`wa Party will act as Intermediary for Muqtada The Shiite al-Da`wa Party announced that it would attempt to negotiate a truce between radical young Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr and the Americans. (al-Zaman).…

Hilla Demonstrations Point To Problems

Hilla Demonstrations Point to problems of Legitimacy Mariam Fam of AP notes that there has been a popular movement of protest against the American-appointed mayor of the Shiite city of Hillah. His…

Gas And Electricity Shortages Return

Gas and Electricity Shortages Return Glen Carey of USA Today reports that gasoline/ petrol and electricity shortages have returned to Baghdad, raising anxieties among Iraqis about how they will make it through…

Controversies About New Security Agency

Controversies about New Security Agency in Iraq In the 1980s, Saddam employed tens of thousands of persons in the Ministry of the Interior (analogous to the US FBI) and related organs, for…

Stages Of American Iraq And Parallels I

Stages of American Iraq, and Parallels I was on an Iraq panel at MIT on Friday with Ivo Daalder,, co-author of the just-published America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. I…

Igc Considers New Elections And

IGC Considers New Elections and Democratic Trade Unions According to ash-Sharq al-Awsat, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim has revealed that the Interim Governing Council has still not finally come to a compromise on how…

Bomb Blast In Baghdad Kills 1 Us

Bomb blast in Baghdad kills 1 US soldier, 4 Iraqis, wounds 16 Guerrillas set off a bomb in Baghdad as a US military convoy was passing from one direction and an Iraqi…

Muqtada Threatens General Strike In His

Muqtada threatens General Strike In his Friday sermon, young Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened to announce general strike if the US military did not release his followers from imprisonment. He said that…

Guerrillas Fire Artillery Shells At

Guerrillas fire Artillery Shells at Spanish in Diwaniyah The Spanish Plus Ultra squad has come under fire numerous times during the past week from guerrillas in the southern Shiite city of Diwaniyah,…

Iraqi Women Broadcasters Versus

Iraqi Women Broadcasters versus the Ayatollahs Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Dec. 3 that officials of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq were launching a campaign of criticism against…

Police Station Attack In Ramadi Wounds

Police Station attack in Ramadi wounds 6; US vehicle blown up in Baghdad Guerrillas attacked a police station in the western (Sunni Arab) town of Ramadi on Thursday. They wounded two police…

Census Plan Bypasses Igc Iraqi Census

Census Plan bypasses IGC The Iraqi Census Bureau made up a plan that would have allowed a census to be completed by September 1, but the plan was immediately rejected by the…

Revived Al Jihad Al Islami In Egypt Al

Revived al-Jihad al-Islami in Egypt Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that Egypt has arrested 27 members of a new splinter group from al-Jihad al-Islami, the militant Islamist organization that joined al-Qaeda in 1998. They…

Israeli Intelligence Failures

Israeli Intelligence Failures Contributed to Iraq War Fever Respected Israeli security thinker Shlomo Brom argues in the current Strategic Assessment that Mossad fell down on the job in realistically assessing the threat…

Larry Kaplow Of Atlanta Journal

Larry Kaplow of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that clerical followers of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani are beginning to threaten direct political action if his fatwa calling for direct elections (one person…

Oxford Research Center Iraq Opinion

Oxford Research Center Iraq Opinion Poll Helena Cobban summarizes briefly the Oxford Research Center’s recent opinion poll in Iraq. She highlights the finding that what people say is most important in their…

Brookings Institute Conference On Iraq

Brookings Institute Conference on Iraq Last April the American Enterprise Institute hosted a triumphal conference to toast victory in the Iraq War, which had been a key project of AEI and other…

Blanford Shiite Challenge See Fine

Blanford: A Shiite Challenge See the fine analysis by Nicholas Blanford in the Christian Science Monitor of the showdown between Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on the one had, and Bremer and the…

Warlords Annointed By Bremer Wp Reports

Warlords annointed by Bremer The WP reports that the US will create a new paramilitary force to fight terrorism in Iraq, and that it will draw for its personnel on the militias…

Accounts Differ Over Samarra Us

Accounts differ over Samarra’ The US military account of the events in Samarra’ to VOA is fuller than what we had before. Clearly this was a double bank robbery. The guerrillas are…

Bremer And Igc To Defy Sistani Paul

Bremer and IGC to Defy Sistani Paul Bremer has worked out a deal with the Interim Governing Council to stick with caucus-type elections rather than one-person-one-vote popular elections this coming May, in…

Al Hakim Becomes President As Afp Notes

Al-Hakim becomes President As AFP notes, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim has just become the president of the Interim Governing Council. Nine members are taking turns rotating into the role for a one-month term,…

2 Us Soldiers Killed Near Syria Major

2 US Soldiers Killed Near Syria; Major Battle at Samarra’ leaves 46 Guerrillas Dead Guerrillas in the far west of Iraq, near the Syrian border, killed two US soldiers Sunday. That made…

Igc Fails To Agree On Election Formula

IGC Fails to Agree on Election Formula Al-Sharq al-Awsat and al-Hayat reported completely differently on the 4-hour-long Interim Governing Council meeting on Sunday. Al-Sharq al-Awsat said that the 25 members had reached…

Helen Thomas Blasts Rumsfeld For

Helen Thomas Blasts Rumsfeld for Closure of al-Arabiya Helen Thomas condemned the closure of al-Arabiya offices in Iraq: ‘The raid by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials on an Arab television network bureau in…

Japan Roiled By Attack On Diplomats

Japan Roiled by Attack on Diplomats Despite the tough rhetoric about standing his ground by Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi, opposition parties and other observers are bringing sharply into question the deployment of…

Shadid On Shiite Politics In Iraq As

Shadid on Shiite Politics in Iraq As usual, Anthony Shadid of the Washington Post (an Arabist) does some of the best in-depth reporting on Shiite religious politics in Iraq. He managed to…

Baathists Poisoning Water In Mosul Al

Baathists Poisoning Water in Mosul Al-Sharq al-Awsat claims today that pro-Saddam forces are attempting to spread panic and dissension in Mosul by dumping poison and petroleum products into the water supply of…