June 19, 2006

Filter-free reporting from Iraq

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Blogger Alice said...

"Staff members say they daily assess how to move safely in public. Often, if they must travel outside their own neighborhoods, they adopt the clothing, language, and traits of the area."

"Since Samarra, Baghdadis have honed these survival skills. Vocabulary has shifted to reflect new behavior. Our staff--and our contacts--have become adept in modifying behavior to avoid "Alasas," informants who keep an eye out for "outsiders" in neighborhoods. The Alasa mentality is becoming entrenched as Iraqui security forces fail to gain public confidence."

is it just me, or is this beginning to sound a lot like the warlord-fiefdom structure in Mogadishu?

6:06 PM  
Blogger Endorendil said...

'Fraid not. Mogadishu is quiet, people can walk about freely. Death tolls are low. Business isn't bad. Life is tolerable.

9:30 PM  

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