ON THE GROUND IN NAJAF

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Christopher Allbritton writes from Najaf Iraq to give us a chilling view that the news cameras and talking heads can’t come close to matching.

His excellent blog “Back To Iraq” is always worth reading. An excerpt where he describes a visit from the local police:

>“These are Najaf’s finest. They’re like the old regime, only less disciplined. They’re terrifying and they’re the most dangerous element in this conflict. The Americans and the Mahdi Army have pretty set positions and you know they’re not targeting journalists. But the police here have been engaging in a systematic intimidation of us for three weeks now. The governor of Najaf has reportedly threatened to jail journalists who don’t write down exactly what he says when he says it in interviews.”

Extremely powerful eye-witness accounts.