Monday, July 21, 2014

The Red Skull of Baghdad ... and more


My latest:





Saddam's Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied With ISIS
Despite a $10 million reward for his capture, the Iraqi tyrant's liaison to the world's most radical jihadists, now 72, is on the loose and in cahoots with the so-called Caliph Ibrahim. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/saddam-s-former-deputy-the-red-skull-of-baghdad-still-at-large-in-iraq-and-allied-with-isis.html

And in case you missed it:

Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran's Problem.
It's time the Iraqi Pottery Barn rule—'You break it, you pay a trillion dollars for it'—is applied to someone else.

Plus these stories by my colleagues --

Anna Nemtsova in Ukraine:

In the Killing Fields of Ukraine with Children Who Saw the MH17 Horror
Investigators will have a hard time explaining why the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down. But no one who saw the bodies fall will ever forget.

Snatched Outside the 'MH17 Morgue'
Reporters who stopped at the Donetsk morgue looking for clues in the downing of the Boeing 777 were arrested by rebels anxious to impress them with their anger—and their blades.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/20/what-happens-to-journalists-who-try-to-visit-the-mh17-morgue.html

Jacob Siegel in Iraq:

Who's Murdering Baghdad's Prostitutes?
The slaughter of 29 women and two men in an alleged house of prostitution shows the danger of the Iraqi government's reliance on Shia militias for its defense.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/15/who-s-butchering-baghdad-s-prostitutes.html

Bikers of Baghdad: Sunnis, Shias, Skulls, 'Harleys,' and Iraqi Flags
In the Iraq Bikers club, a not-so-wild bunch of men, including Christians and Hezbollah fighters, see themselves as "family." Not a bad model for the rest of the nation.

Jesse Rosenfeld in Gaza:

A Child's Funeral in Gaza
In their defenselessness and desperation, Gaza's civilians find determination and a sense of community as they lay their dead to rest.

Palestinians Fleeing Israeli Bombardment in Gaza Have 'Nowhere Left to Run'
As the Gaza war marks its deadliest day so far, Palestinians seek safety and rely on each other.

Barbie Nadeau in Giglio, Italy:

Saying Goodbye to the Salvage Saviors of Giglio
On the Isola del Giglio, the men who salvaged the doomed cruise ship have become part of the island's family. What will the Giglese do when they're gone?
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