|News and opinions on situation in Iraq|
|04/11/04||Update From Electronic Iraq|
3 November 2004
News & Analysis
850 British troops from the Black Watch are moving into central Iraq for 30 days to free up 1000 US soldiers for a planned assault on the rebel town of Fallujah. Leaks from the British forces indicate that political opposition at home could stop the Black Watch being replaced by soldiers from the Scots Guard at the end of their tour of duty in the Iskandariyah triangle.
Um Yousif does not leave her house, not even to buy groceries. Fear of violence or kidnapping reigns. “I do not think it will get better, even after our elections,” she said. “It will only change when the Americans leave. So many people just cannot bear that the American army is here. If they leave, there is no one left to fight. It could get better within months.”
The targeted bomb attack on the Baghdad office of Arab television channel Al Arabiya at the weekend, in which a number of employees were killed, and the killing yesterday of Reuters cameraman Dhia Najim have confirmed Iraq as the world's most dangerous country for journalists and bring the death toll of journalists and media staff this year to almost 100, says the International Federation of Journalists.
Art, Music & Culture
Larry Holdaway, an artist and photographer, created this chilling composite by combining the portraits of every American soldier killed in Iraq from March 2003 to September 2004. Larry writes: “This is the face of America's sacrifice, the face of more than a thousand families' pain. Do you recognize it?” You can view more of Larry's work at bluestarfolly.com