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May 5, 2005

May 5 Morning Iraq Roundup

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Here's a comprehensive tour of Iraq news from blogs and other media around the world:

First stop is the blog Chrenkoff which gives us some Iraqi trivia. Pepsi seems to be a drink of choice among some Iraqi insurgents. Possibly because until 1992 Pepsi boycotted Israel and was aggressively pursuing the Arab market. Coke, on the other hand, is quite Israel-friendly, and thus a target of crazy boycottersAnd if you're really into marketing, here's a very interesting article about the Middle East's most bitter conflict: between Coke and Pepsi.

While visiting Chrenkoff, don't forget to check out the before and after(capture) pictures of Al-Qaeda's #3 guy(and others), and learn why it's a good idea not to tick-off the uncle Sam.  (Al Qaeda's number 3, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, has been captured by the Pakistani authorities). Libyan national, al-Libbi has been Al Qaeda's top operative in Pakistan, believed to be behind two assassination attempts against President Musharraf. He's also believed to have been in charge of sleeper cells in the United States and Great Britain, following the capture of the previous number 3, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Zarqawi may be ill - The U.S. military is examining reports that insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi was present last week at a hospital in Anbar province and the possibility that he may be ill or wounded, officials said Wednesday.

Iraqi insurgents killed at least 20 people in three separate attacks targeting Iraqi security forces in Baghdad today, including one by a man who set off hidden explosives while waiting in line outside an army recruitment centre, police said.

Sixty people die in blast in Irbil. Three other bombs kill 20 in Baghdad. In San Diego, a Marine is cleared in the shooting of an Iraqi.

$100 million may be AWOL - The U.S. government has opened a criminal inquiry into suspected embezzlement by officials who failed to account for almost $100 million they disbursed for Iraqi reconstruction projects, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The Iraqi army will fully replace US-led coalition forces in the country by early 2007, once it has enough experience, Bruska Shaways, the director general of the Iraqi defence ministry said yesterday.

A nephew of Saddam Hussein suspected of helping to finance the Iraqi insurgency has been arrested near the deposed president's hometown of Tikrit, the government said Wednesday.

Student's slaying inflames ethnic tensions at Baghdad University.

Iraq's Oil Ministry has sacked several hundred employees as part of a crackdown on corruption and smuggling that has cost the state billions of dollars, according to oil officials.

Lastly, back to Chrenkoff for his story on the "In The Red Zone" blog - "Live from Basra." Ex:
"Woke up this morning to find Al-Basrah in the embrace of a dust storm, the sky a lowering mass of reddish-orange grit and sand.  Nothing like the tsunami I witnessed strike Karbala last year (or those incredible photos of a dust tidal-wave bouncing on the web recently), but enough to remind me that just beyond the circle of Basra's delapidated brick buildings lies an endless stretch of desert, and more desert..."

Posted by Hyscience at May 5, 2005 9:28 AM

Why of course there should be a boycott of Coca-Cola. If you read it backwards and squint, you'd see that it's really Arabic for "No Mohammed, No Mecca." Very evil, those Coke manufacturers!

Posted by: misskelley at May 5, 2005 9:59 AM

Here's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the Bush Administrations intentional skewing of intelligence to start the war in Iraq.,,2087-1593607,00.html

Posted by: deccles at May 6, 2005 12:34 PM

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