John Connly Walsh

The Baggage Room in Baghdad

 

BAGHDAD — I have just flown back to Baghdad from London after a one-week visit. On the return trip the airline lost my baggage. I returned to Baghdad Airport the next day to see if anything had turned up. With very low expectations, I went to the lost-and-found room and showed my baggage check to […]

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Explosions and Kidnappings

 

BAGHDAD (Oct. 24) — A series of massive explosions hit Baghdad at sunset this evening. The explosions are now reported to have been two car bombs and, for good measure, a cement truck filled with explosives! They were detonated right in front of the Palestine Hotel where many in the media are housed. The AP […]

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Skinny Saddam in Black and White

 

BAGHDAD — Right on the dot at noon, the trial of Saddam and seven co-defendants made an abortive attempt to get underway. But nothing seemed to work, particularly the sound system. This was astounding given that the authorities have had so much time to get all these details straightened out. Eventually, they got most things […]

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Victory Monday

 

Monday Morning BAGHDAD — The reports so far are pretty unanimous. The Constitution has been approved by the voters of Iraq, according to most media sources. Some of the reporting seems to be substantiated by semi-official, or even leaked, information from provincial polling centers. As if in an effort to muffle all the sound and […]

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All Quiet on the Referendum Front

 

Live weekend reports from our Man in Baghdad — scroll down for Saturday and Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon entries. Thursday BAGHDAD — Today is Thursday. The Referendum on the Constitution is two days away. There is a growing conviction that the Constitution will win. There have been some rather remarkable last minute agreements with […]

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The Referendum Shutdown

 

BAGHDAD — In the words of the average Iraqi on the street, Baghdad is getting ready for a “four-day holiday weekend.” When I ask one of our employees if he or she will be at work tomorrow, the answer is “No, we have a holiday.” It is never, “No, we are having a referendum on […]

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“Yes” on October 15

 

BAGHDAD — Just the other week, terrorists dragged five Shiite teachers from a school bus, took them into their school, lined them up against a classroom wall, and shot them and their driver to death. During this murderous outburst, school children were at play just outside the classroom. Just the other day, as if to […]

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Preparing for a Showdown

 

BAGHDAD — Last week was not a good one for those who were starting to feel a little optimism about the direction of events in Iraq. At last count, some 200 people have been killed by car bombs and gunmen gone wild. I happened to witness one of the car bombs about a quarter mile […]

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The Weather Is Cooler — For How Long?

 

BAGHDAD — The temperature in Baghdad has been below 100 at 7 a.m. every day for six straight days! The strange thing is that, crazy as it sounds, it does feel cooler here even as the early morning temperature hovers around 97 or 98 degrees. Life on the streets is once again cooler too. Even […]

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Iraq in Late Summer

 

BAGHDAD — A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the unconscionable delays in organizing and implementing the expenditure of some of the $18 billion appropriated by Congress to help rebuild Iraq. In what I hope Mr. Tyrrell considers a breathtaking endorsement of the power of his website, the logjam was broken the morning after […]

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