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Orange march set for Basra?

Issue No. 1858

THE LATEST British contribution to peace and stability in Iraq is to send one of Northern Ireland's top policemen to run policing in the city of Basra. Stephen White is an assistant chief constable in the Northern Ireland police force. His 'achievements' include policing 'flashpoints' like Drumcree.

At Drumcree police have battered Catholics off the streets to allow Loyalist bigots to parade through the Catholic areas.

Less carrot, more stick

THE US and Britain are abandoning promises to bring democracy to Iraq and turning to increased military repression. 'US commanders have ordered a halt to local elections and self rule in provincial cities across Iraq,' reports the US paper the Washington Post. The US occupying forces are 'choosing instead to install their own handpicked mayors and administrators, many of whom are former Iraqi military leaders'.

The paper reports that 'the most recent order to stop planning for elections was made by Major Ray Odierno, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, which controls the northern half of Iraq. It follows similar decisions by the 3rd Infantry Division in central Iraq and those of British commanders in the south.' Iraqi generals and police colonels with close ties to Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party are now mayors of a dozen cities, including Samarra, Najaf, Tikrit, Balad and Baqubah.

Sorry, we got the wrong man

HUNDREDS OF demonstrators took to the streets of Najaf last week to demand elections and the removal of interim governor Abdul Munim Abud, a former artillery colonel.

The US authorities were forced to arrest the colonel and admit they had 'made a mistake'! The occupiers claim the resistance is simply 'remnants of Saddam's regime'. However that can't explain all the opposition the US has faced.

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Sat 5 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1858
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