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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Diwaniya governor and police chief killed by bomb

There's so much in this that speaks to the broad intraShia battles in the south.
A powerful roadside bomb has killed the governor and police chief of the southern Iraqi province of Diwaniya.

The governor was a key figure in the Badr Organisation, the military wing of the largest Shia Muslim party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC).

Khalil Jalil Hamza and police chief Maj-Gen Khaled Hassan were returning to Diwaniya city after a funeral when a bomb exploded beside their convoy.

The governor of the province (and presumably the police chief) was a key figure not in the political SIIC, but in its Badr militia. I'll say it again. The governor was a key figure in the Badr militia.

If you want to see why Iraq doesn't work, read the last line.
The governor had recently issued instructions for other militias in the province to be disarmed.


  • This is real politics in Iraq. It will take more than a few purple fingers to change it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM  

  • Even if those purple fingers are in Ames Iowa?

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:13 PM  

  • While the analogy could be completely off base, I'm reminded of Lebanon and it's seemingly endless violent political gyrations.

    "We" simply don't need to be in the middle of this shit storm.

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:14 PM  

  • Lebanon is a decent parallel for the chaos.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 6:28 PM  

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