No post-1998 Nuclear Weapons Program in Iraq The Iraqis never tried to revive their nuclear weapons program after the UN inspectors dismantled it, according to senior Iraqi scientists. (This is obvious, by the way: a nuclear weapons program would involve buildings the size of a football field, hundreds of scientists, and would be impossible to […]
Benign Autocracy in Iraq is a Recipe for Disaster My entry in an email discussion of the proposal made by Ray Takeyh and Nikolas Gvosdev that “Benign Autocracy Is Answer for Iraq” in the LA Times recently: Email is probably an insufficiently sophisticated instrument for discussing these complicated matters, but let me just clarify what […]
US Soldier, Khalidiya Police Chief Killed Guerillas Monday killed a 1st Armored Division soldier in central Baghdad with rpg fire as he was patrolling. In the western town of Khalidiya, three men assassinated Col .Khedeir Mekhalef Ali, police chief in al-Khaldiya.
High Baathist official Held in Najaf Bombing Kareem Ghatheeth, a Baath Party “Security Director,” was captured recently in Najaf by Badr Corps militiament in a firefight. They say that he is the mastermind behind the Najaf truck bombing of Aug. 29 that killed Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in […]
New Private Television Company in Iraq It was announced Monday that IBC, a privately owned corporation in Iraqi hands, would launch the first privately owned television network in Iraq. (Although Turkey has privately owned television stations, the rest of the Arab world with the exception of Lebanon does not. Media is a government monopoly in […]
Turkmen Choose Leader Sami Shabak, a prominent member of the governing council of the Iraq Turkmen Front, angrily resigned Monday, accusing the party of being under the influence of the Turkish government and of taking outside direction in pursuing confrontations with the local Kurdish population. (-al-Sharq al-Awsat). The Iraq Turkmen Front voted in Kirkuk on […]
Ayatollah Hussein al-Sadr Steven R. Weisman reports of the US Secretary of State in Baghdad, Colin Powell: “On Sunday evening he dined with the senior Shiite cleric in Baghdad, Saeed Hussein Al-Sadr, a member of a prominent family with some members of the family having opposed Saddam and others now opposing the US occupation.” I’ve […]
US Troops: One Killed, Three Wounded Guerrillas killed one US paratrooper and wounded three others on Sunday near Falluja with a roadside bomb that blew the back off their humvee.
5 Members of Interim Governing Council Press for Power Ahmad Chalabi, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, and three other members of the American-appointed Interim Governing Council are using the current difficulties of the Bush administration to press for greater immediate power for themselves. The French at the Security Council have argued for a quick return to Iraqi […]