Seymour, Richard
January 2005
Middle East;Jan2005, Issue 352, p11
This article focuses on political conditions in Iraq. The inevitable power vacuum that was left behind when the old regime fell has seen a race to fill it that has erupted in chaos and bloodshed. Faces of terrified kidnap victims have been broadcast around the world, begging their respective governments to give in to their captors' demands, which almost invariably run to the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in exchange for their lives. The most notorious kidnapper, the man dubbed as Iraq's Bin Laden, is Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, though his history, sketchy as it is, reveals he is far more than a simple opportunist.


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