Monday, March 01, 2004

War News for March 1, 2004 Bring ‘em on: Jordanian soldier wounded in drive-by shooting near Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Geraldo Rivera almost gets his ass shot off near Mosul. Bring ‘em on: Bombing at market in Baquba kills one Iraqi, wounds two. IGC interior minister says Iraq needs “billions” to restore security. I wonder if he ever got his suitcase full of money back from those nice Lebanese customs officers in Beirut? UPDATE: Looks like he got it back last week. Suicide bombers appear to be native Iraqis. “That identification helped unmask a suicide-bomb network that apparently pulled off synchronized suicide car-bombings at police stations in Baqubah and the nearby town of Khan Bani Saad, and helped throw into question the widely held view that Iraq's suicide bombers are exclusively foreign jihadists. U.S. and Iraqi officials have said repeatedly that Iraqis are unlikely to engage in such missions because they do not have a history of violent religious extremism. “ Demonstrations in Rumaythah after US troops fire on Iraqi car. Polish troops fire on bus at checkpoint near Karbala. South Africa regulates “security contractors" going to Iraq. IGC agrees on draft of interim Iraqi constitution. Survey ranks Baghdad as worst city in the world. “Concerns over security and precarious infrastructure were among the reasons putting Baghdad at the bottom of a survey on the quality of life in 215 world cities by Mercer Human Resources Consulting. “ The Casualty. I really can't find a particularly good extract from this feature article. It's all good. On to Venezuela! Big time! Commentary Analysis: Oil policy options in Iraq. Opinion: “The two main forces that have driven us off the familiar track and down this worrisome detour are the Islamist terrorists of al-Qaida and the neo-conservatives who populate the upper reaches of the Bush administration. Was it really inevitable that al-Qaida would invent a novel way to carry out a massive terrorist attack that would cause thousands of casualties? And was it equally inevitable that American neo-conservatives would use that terrible event as a launching pad for their own project?” 86-43-04. Pass it on.


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