Juan Cole

Juan Cole
translates some news from the Ash-Sharq al-Awsat on how insurgents are
targeting political figures. The most interesting item concerns a
potential global guerrilla start-up focused on the assassination of
political figures: Ash-Sharq al-Awsat reports the kidnapping of a
female member of the governing council of Salahuddin and assassination
attempts on two members of the municipal council of Khalis north of
Baqubah. If provincial governing council members can't be protected,
how can you have a stable government? Police in Salahuddin
province maintained that guerrillas had established a special
operations unit which had a list of 100 personalities they intended to
assassinate.
There is every reason to think that the
guerrrillas do have such hit lists, and also that they have been
relatively effective in implementing it.
[John Robb's Weblog]

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