Japan invites Samawah Chieftains to Tokyo
The tribal chieftains of the Samawah region have been invited to Tokyo in April for consultations about the best ways to rebuild their city, according to az-Zaman/ DPA.
The Daily Star of Beirut recently published and interesting overview of the dire situation in Samawah.
The assignment of Japanese Self Defense Forces troops in Iraq is a first for the post-war period, and is deeply unpopular in Japan. Recent mortar attacks in Samawah has increased opposition to the mission, which is mainly humanitarian and dedicated to rebuilding.