Baghdad political analyst Kadhum al-Muqdadi said insurgents are taking advantage of Iraq's rudderless forces as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waits to appoint his Cabinet's national security, defense and interior police ministers.
The prime minister, who says he wants more time to select leaders who are apolitical, controls all security forces until those Cabinet posts are filled.
Al-Muqdadi said attacks show the insurgents are far from being cowed.
"It is a message that they have not been paralyzed yet," he said. "And they are still able to cause major blows in many directions day after day."
that's from lara jakes' analysis of this week's violence in iraq. it's really amazing how little time was given to the violence or anything iraq related. that's a point c.i. was making very strongly in thursday's 'Iraq snapshot' and in 'I Hate The War.'
the last 7 days saw around 200 iraqis killed and 4 u.s. soldiers killed but people didn't even seem to notice. i'm referring to our 'independent' media.
today tony blair - prime minister of england when the iraq war started - provided testimony to the iraq inquiry again. the gulf daily news reports:
As Blair addressed the five-member panel scrutinising Britain's role in the unpopular war, activists staged demonstrations against him - holding up signs saying 'Bliar' and 'Blair lied - thousands died'.
A statement he gave to the inquiry revealed he had ignored advice from the government's top lawyer, given in January 2003 warning an invasion of Iraq would be illegal without a specific UN resolution.
Attorney General Peter Goldsmith only changed his mind shortly before the invasion, and Blair said he viewed the earlier advice as "provisional" and believed it would change when Goldsmith became aware of the UN negotiations.
Blair also told the inquiry yesterday that he promised he would back the US in taking action against Saddam almost a year before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
c.i.'s got the story on the inquiry, so let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'