Wednesday, February 16, 2005
There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation." - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003
Bring ‘em on: Joint US and Iraqi raids capture 53 suspected guerillas. (Let's hope they did a better job of figuring out who's really a guerilla than they did with all those people in Abu Ghraib.) Two Iraqi policemen killed and two wounded in bombing in western
Bring ‘em on: Interior Ministry intelligence officer shot dead by gunmen in southern
Bring ‘em on: Italian journalist begs for her life in video released by insurgents Wednesday.
Horsetrading: With election results expected to be certified in a few days,
More horsetrading: With the votes counted,
The two main Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdish Democratic Party, have agreed on Jalal Talabani, the leader of the PUK, as their candidate for President. They have also said they would support Hoyashir Zebari, the present Foreign Minister, to keep his position.
The biggest debate at present appears to be among the religious Shia parties who ran as a coalition in the election but have competing nominations for the position. The Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) is pushing its number two man and present Finance Minister, Adel Abudl Medhi, while the Dawa party supports its leader, Ibrahim Jaafari. Both sat on the 25-member US-appointed governing council that disbanded last June.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari: It looks like a doctor who has lived in
Ibrahim al-Jaafari is a leading figure in a Shiite party that fought Saddam Hussein. His main rival has dropped out. A former Pentagon favorite, Ahmad Chalabi, is still in the running. But al-Jaafari seems all but certain to win approval from the Shiite alliance that's won more than half the seats in
Al-Jaafari says his top priority is halting violence that still sweeps his country. He says he won't push for the
Ahmed Chalabi: If things had worked out differently, it might have been Ahmad Chalabi who was installed as prime minister by the American occupation authorities and Chalabi who made a poor showing in
Chalabi is coy about his chances to become prime minister, and most other Iraqi politicians don't rate them high. There's a crowded field, and at least two other candidates appear more likely to win the post.
But as one of the top-ranked leaders of the winning slate in
An Iranian opinion: Dateline
The United States "has no option but to leave that country in shame" now that a coalition led by Shiite clerics and former exile groups with close ties to Iran has emerged victorious, said Maj. Gen. Rahim-Safavi, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
While the Bush administration sees Iraq's election as a vindication for the March 2003 invasion, Iranian conservatives see it as the first step toward getting U.S. troops out of the Persian Gulf region -- and greater influence over its neighbor.
Migrations: Authorities say 2,000 to 6,000 Sunni and Shiite Muslim Arabs have migrated to the Sulaymaniya region since the U.S.-led invasion of