Thursday, December 18, 2008

Update on Iraq Interior Ministry Raid

More details from the Washington Post, which serve only to further confuse the situation:

Those arrested, both Sunnis and Shiites, include high-ranking generals at the Interior Ministry, which oversees the country's police and other security services. Most of those arrested -- at least 17 -- were members of the traffic police, including the general who leads the department, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The traffic police? Let me tell you that in any country, the idea that the traffic police might be plotting a coup is...unusual. 

Also, one high-ranking general reported to have been arrested last night asserts that he's still on the job:

The New York Times Web site also reported that Gen. Ahmed Abu Raqeef, the Interior Ministry's director of internal affairs, was among those arrested. When reached by telephone, Raqeef denied the allegation and said he was still in his job. He blamed disgruntled rivals inside the ministry for spreading rumors to discredit him." I fired many officers and sent some of them to face justice," Raqeef told the Washington Post. "Probably this is why they are trying to destroy my reputation."

By saying he was arrested, when he wasn't?

Does anybody else feel like this only confirms the notion that after five years in this country, we still don't really know what the hell is going on?

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