Friday, August 15, 2003

Various Baghdad News Items

Dispatch From Baghdad - 'A Catastrophe Here'
From Anita Scott Fleming, my good friend and attorney for the Angola Three, is in Baghdad with a crew of journalists. He has been sending dispatches from Baghdad that make it sound like hell on earth. I'll be publishing his emails to me here as they come in. ... Sunday, 3 August I'm in Baghdad and it's Sunday night. Today was perhaps the most bizarre, terrifying (although my traveling companions and I were never in any immediate danger), and mind-blowing day of my life. We left lovely Amman at 4 a.m. and were in Baghdad by about 3 p.m. The landscape, physical, climatological, and cultural, changed so much that the night bore no resemblance to the morning. I can't possibly catalog it all, but I can give some impressions ... more

From SALAM PAX: G., my friend, got beaten up by US Army last night. He was handcuffed and had a bag put on his head. He was kicked several times and was made to lie on his face for a while. All he wanted to do was to take pictures and report on an attack. He works for the New York Times as a translator and fixer. He got more kicks for speaking English. His sin: he looks Iraqi and has a beard. I need to get him drunk enough to get the whole thing out of him. He doesn't want to talk ... more

Spared On 911, Army Sgt Dies In Sleep In Iraq
From The Hartford Courant Staff and Wire Reports "He escaped death when a hijacked jetliner slammed into his Pentagon office on Sept. 11, 2001, only to have illness take his life while serving in Iraq. The family of Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., a U.S. Army counterintelligence analyst, was notified of his death Tuesday. A fellow soldier, serving with him in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, tried to wake Eaton, 37, and noticed he wasn't breathing, according to a Defense Department statement released Wednesday." ... more

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