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Friday, April 09, 2004



Iraq-n

Well, we're behind events here, due to time difference among other things - while the latest news of Google announce a unilateral ceasefire by CPA re Fallujah, Arab tv is reporting ongoing combat and bombings (9 dead in US convoy).

Update on yesterday resignations from IGC (via Collounsbury):
"I heard reports that Ambassador Bremer was unhappy with my performance, so I went to see him and asked if it was true," Mr Badran [Shia Interior Minister responsible for Iraqi Police] told a surprised news conference. "He said that the problem was that the interior and the defence ministers could not both be Shia... So from now I am resigning my position and I hope that by my decision, balance will be restored to the ministries in Iraq," he added.

However, coalition officials cast doubt on this version of events. Another Shia member of the governing adminstration, Haider Abbadi, linked the move to growing disquiet over the handling of the twin insurgency of both Sunni and Shia groups now confronting US-led forces.

"There will be many resignations," said Mr Abbadi, interim minister of communications and a member of the al-Dawa party. "It's as if the US army is out of control," he said. "Their massive use of force is bringing the country to the precipice. Iraqis can no longer afford to been seen siding with the Americans."

Iraq's governing council is due to meet in emergency session on Friday.
Collounsbury also has this additional info on goings-on inside IGC and in the country:
Pachachi gave interview in re the ceasefire, calling the Fallujah operation "more than necessary" in relationship with the killing and desecration of the bodies of four Americans. Quite critical. In the interview, he called American operations, and I quote directly "ghier qanouniya" - that is one of the principal moderate actors in the Gov Council is calling American operations "illegal" and has called for their halt.

al-Arabiyah also reports US forces firing into demonstration heading for Karbala.
These tenuous tidbits are more important than big vague op-eds. It is a turning point for USA in Iraq - and we don't really know what's happening to the hearts and minds in Iraq. IGC members actually condemning CPA over US mil ops is the big news of the day.

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An interesting post here on how Iraqis view the UN (negatively) and why. On the other hand, one could easily come up with the same sort of evidence as to how Iraqis don't like the americans. So.





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