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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

This is how it starts

Who does he work for?

Gunmen seize 50 Iraq security men

Gunmen dressed in Iraqi police uniforms have raided the offices of a security firm in Baghdad, seizing 50 employees.

Among those captured on Wednesday is the head of the private al-Rawafed firm. The incident happened in the eastern Zayouna district of the city.

It came after the bodies of 20 men were found dumped in the Iraqi capital.

Eighteen were left strangled or shot in a minibus in a western area populated mainly by Sunni Arabs. Two were found in east Baghdad tied up and shot.

Iraq has suffered a rise in sectarian attacks since a Shia shrine was bombed last month - but it is not clear if this was the cause.

However, the dumping of bodies has previously been a sign of the violence between minority Sunni Arab and majority Shia groups.

The Zayouna district, where the gunmen carried out the raid, is a mixed Shia-Sunni area.

Why don't we say this: Iraqi police kidnapped 50 security men. Not people "dressed as Iraqi police" , with the implication that they stole the uniforms. I prefer more reality-based thinking like "we cannot trust the Iraqi police". Because they don't need to steal uniforms. They just go from work to guerrilla activity without changing clothes.

posted by Steve @ 11:54:00 AM

11:54:00 AM

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