blogenlust
8.10.2004

"Freedom is Messy."


Further adventures in Devil's Advocate Day... Iraq on a knife-edge:
10 August 2004 The new Iraq was on a knife-edge last night as violence and political instability confronted the regime of Iyad Allawi, the interim Prime Minister. In Basra, a British soldier was killed and several others were wounded. Army Land Rovers were set on fire in clashes with militia loyal to the Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr, leaving the militia in control of the city's main road junctions. The world oil price climbed to a new high of $44.98 a barrel ­ closing later at $44.80 ­ as oil facilities were targeted by the same militia and Iraq stopped pumping oil in its strategic southern oil fields. In the Shia holy city of Najaf there were fierce clashes for the fifth consecutive day between US soldiers and Sadr insurgents who have vowed to fight to the death. The fighting has claimed 360 lives since Thursday, according to the US military. In Baghdad a curfew was imposed on the Shia suburb of Sadr City because of intense fighting between Sadr's militia and US forces. In the Baquba area, seven people were killed and 17 were wounded, including the assistant governor of Diyala province, in a suicide car bomb attack.
As Rummy likes to say, "Fredom is messy."