The End Game?

Shahin, Mariam
November 2003
Middle East;Nov2003, Issue 339, p10
Gun law prevails on Iraqi streets with politicians and ordinary civilians seemingly equally vulnerable. The on-going changes in Iraq have begun to bear fruit on all fronts, just as the six months' anniversary of the first military occupation of the 21st century drew to a close. The political assassinations of two senior politicians and an escalation in the apparently random killing of Iraqi civilians, the alleged opening up of the Iraqi market and the nominal improvement in public services, have brought Iraq into phase two of the on-going cycle of changes initiated through the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime and the American occupation. Assassinated leaders, Baqer Al Hakim, the head of SCIRI, and Akila Al Hashimi, the only ex-Baathist member of the Iraqi governing council, represented entirely different political visions and were on certain issues diametrically opposed.


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