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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Regime change in Baghdad...again

From the BBC:
Baghdad's mayor has been sacked by the Iraqi government, in circumstances that he has described as "dangerous" and "undemocratic".

A government spokesman said Alaa al-Tamimi was fired on Monday, although he refused to elaborate further.

However, Mr Tamimi himself said 120 gunmen stormed his office and installed the provincial governor in his place.

He said tensions had broken out between him and Shia members of the provincial council in recent weeks.

"Acts like these set a very dangerous precedent for a country that wants to be free and democratic," Mr Tamimi told the Reuters news agency.
No matter. It seems pretty clear that no one is in charge in Baghdad:

AP Caption: "A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. convoy near a crowded square in a wave of violence that killed at least 17 people, including a U.S. soldier, in Baghdad."