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UNBELIEVABLE: Under US noses, brutal insurgents rule a miniature Taliban-like state

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Need more proof that matters are not going well in Iraq?

Well here it is, Haditha, a small Taliban-like state run by brutal Iraqi insurgents right under the noses of our troops. This is the sister city of Falluja, or so the Haditha insurgents say as they are cooperating with the regrouping surge of insurgents in Falluja.

President Bush in his speech tonight did not bother to mention that though, he insists that all is still going well even as he got the news that the Iraqi parliament fails again to ratify the constitution for the second straight week.

Could it be Saddam knew it all along?







http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1553969,00.html

(Monday August 22, 2005) - The executions are carried out at dawn on Haqlania bridge, the entrance to Haditha. A small crowd usually turns up to watch even though the killings are filmed and made available on DVD in the market the same afternoon.

One of last week's victims was a young man in a black tracksuit. Like the others he was left on his belly by the blue iron railings at the bridge's southern end. His severed head rested on his back, facing Baghdad. Children cheered when they heard that the next day's spectacle would be a double bill: two decapitations. A man named Watban and his brother had been found guilty of spying.

With so many alleged American agents dying here Haqlania bridge was renamed Agents' bridge. Then a local wag dubbed it Agents' fridge, evoking a mortuary, and that name has stuck.

A three-day visit by a reporter working for the Guardian last week established what neither the Iraqi government nor the US military has admitted: Haditha, a farming town of 90,000 people by the Euphrates river, is an insurgent citadel.

That Islamist guerrillas were active in the area was no secret but only now has the extent of their control been revealed. They are the sole authority, running the town's security, administration and communications.

A three-hour drive north from Baghdad, under the nose of an American base, it is a miniature Taliban-like state. Insurgents decide who lives and dies, which salaries get paid, what people wear, what they watch and listen to...
 
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