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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Progress?

While King George is touting the progress in Iraq...

"I join with all Americans in congratulating Iraq's new leaders and in wishing them well as they begin to serve their country in this new government."

Iraqi leaders are being kidnapped...

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunmen kidnapped the governor of Iraq's western Anbar province Tuesday and told his family he would be released when U.S. forces withdraw from Qaim, the site of a major new offensive against followers of Iraq's most-wanted militant, relatives said.

Gov. Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi was seized as he drove from Qaim to the provincial capital of Ramadi, his brother, Hammad, told The Associated Press.

The kidnappers later called the family and said they were holding the governor until U.S. forces pull out of the Syrian border town, about 200 miles west of Baghdad, Hammad Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi said.

"The kidnappers have demanded that American forces leave Qaim in order to release him," he said.

Now, Govenor Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi should have much higher security than your average Iraqi, but apparently he and his bodyguards appear to have been kidnapped with ease. Speaks volumes about how little grip anyone has on control over there.

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