2004 11 30
Security in Iraq…
…seems to be a joke. From today’s Independent:
Disintegrating security in Baghdad was underlined in a sombre warning yesterday from the British embassy against using the airport road or taking a plane out of Iraq.
The embassy says a bomb was discovered on a flight inside Iraq on 22 November. It shows that insurgents have been able to penetrate the stringent security at Baghdad airport.
The embassy says that the road between Baghdad and the international airport, perhaps the most important highway in the country, is now too dangerous to use.
The warning is in sharp contrast to more optimistic statements from US military commanders after the capture of Fallujah in which they have spoken of “breaking the back of the insurgency”.
UPDATE: the US follows Britain’s lead. Now US personnel will get to the airport by helicopter. Why not just shut the road down?:
“Militarily, we could solve it tomorrow by shutting down the road to nonofficial travel,” said another general familiar with the deliberations. “But that would be a terrible message. Economically, such a move would hurt efforts to revitalize the airport. Politically, it would hurt the Iraqi government’s effort to show that it is gradually exerting control over the insurgency.”
‘Cause the economy is booming and the Iraqi government’s “control” over the insurgency is growing. Uh huh.
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