The US-led coalition, which was heavily involved in supporting Iraqi forces in Ramadi, has congratulated the troops on the success of an operation that began soon after they lost the city.
“I don’t have any hope, I was born without hope,” says Sajad Al-Faraji, a 15-year-old boy traveling from Basra, Iraq.
The current constitution is a Hussein-dictated formula for tyranny.
When Hussein loaded two trucks with money and fled the advancing coalition forces, he left behind a vacuum.
The family is in Presevo, a small town on Serbia’s southern border with Macedonia that’s been converted into a transit centre for refugees.
On any given day during the crisis, five thousand people pass through here, often leading to lines 30 people deep that stretch over a kilometre and that can take three or four days to clear.
Within weeks, Condoleezza Rice sent Robert Blackwill to Iraq to rein in Bremer and convince him to aim for an earlier deadline for turning sovereignty over to the Iraqis. We believe Iraqis should be given responsibility for their own security, economic development and political system as soon as possible. Bremer's plan implied a multi-year timetable and the Bush administration wanted the transfer of sovereignty to occur before the presidential election in November 2004. And gone is his threat to America and the international community. Although Iraqis have freedoms they have never had before, freedom is not sovereignty and occupation is unpopular with occupier and occupied alike. He wrote it four months after arriving in Baghdad, and published it without telling the administration. No thoughtful person would suggest that the coalition should govern Iraq for long.Sajad is with his older sister, younger brother and his mother on his way to a train station that’s exclusively serving refugees in southern Serbia.I’m on assignment for UNICEF, and here, “What do you want to do when you grow up?