Iraq carnage intensifies
“THE AMERICAN-appointed ‘government’ controls only parts of Baghdad,” reported the veteran journalist Robert Fisk last week. “Ayad Allawi, the ‘prime minister’, is little more than mayor of Baghdad.”
Last Saturday four car bombs exploded outside churches in Baghdad and Mosul, killing 14 Iraqis. A separate car bombing of a police station in Mosul killed five Iraqis that day.
At least 70 died in a bomb attack on a police station in Baquba the previous Wednesday. Another 50 Iraqis were killed in other attacks that day, marking the highest death toll in the country for months.
Journalist under arrest
US FORCES in Iraq arrested the editor of a leading Sunni Muslim newspaper last Monday.
Muthana Harith al-Dhari was stopped by US soldiers shortly after giving a television interview. “Journalists in Iraq condemn the arrest of Dr Muthana,” said Sabah Ahmed, a colleague. “We ask media unions inside and outside Iraq to call on the US to free him.”
“It appears that he was arrested for saying something the US occupation authorities did not like,” he added.