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June 16, 2005

Iraq News

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

There's a lot of news coming out of Iraq today from the media, some good - some bad, but also some news of human interest via email.

On the human interest side, Hyscience via BlogsForTerri has been contacted by a family in Babylon, Iraq that has a family member that is in a semi-conscious/near PVS state as a result of a cholcystectomy(gall bladder removal) gone bad due to improperly administered anesthesia. The story of Selma, a 49 year-old former school teacher of English, her family's persecution before the fall of Sadaam, her illness, the struggle of her family to care for her in the middle of chaos and violence, and the loving support she is receiving from her family and friends, is being conveyed to us by her husband, and will be posted sometime in the next few days.

We are asking for the support of the blogging community to help circulate Selma's story and their plight to care for her at this critical time in their country's history. Please keep an eye out for the upcoming post. If you are a blogger and wish to help circulate the family's story and message, just email me and we will give you advance notice of the post.

In other selected Iraq News:

FoxNews reports that bombing and shooting attacks west of Baghdad killed six U.S. troops, and a car bomber slammed into a truck carrying Iraqi policemen near the airport Thursday, killing at least eight and wounding 25.

Jawa Report - A man described as a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq has been captured in Mosul. There is an image of Abu Talha, the captured al Qaeda leader, in Evan Kohlmann's organizational chart of al Qaeda in Iraq which can be found here. "Abu Talha seems to have been al Qaeda's key man in the city of Mosul, long a strong hold for the terrorists. Jawa Report calls attention to the fact that he was turned in by locals and that although he sent suicide bombers to their deaths he wasn't so brave himself." CNN

KurdishMedia - Iraqi security forces in Mosul collapsed in November 2004 under an insurgent offensive. The local government's authority was only recently restored, but officials have been struggling to quell the violence. Now there are plans of surrounding Mosul with a moat-like ditch and ordering taxi drivers to take the trunk lids off their vehicles - aimed to prevent militants bringing in car bombs and other weapons and kidnapping locals.

Posted by Hyscience at June 16, 2005 12:26 PM

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