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Iraq Report: August 23/04

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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from Iraq that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. This briefing is brought to you by Joel Gaines of No Pundit Intended and Andrew Olmsted of Andrew Olmsted dot com.


Other Topics Today Include: kidnapping reporters becomes a new Iraqi pastime; Iraq's National Assembly gets fisrt reviews; Sistani takes a vacation; Italian troops prepare to rotate; Iraq's soccer team makes two statements; humor from Iraq.



  • Ali, at Iraq the Model, discusses a strange, new experience inside the Iraqi National Assembly. The freedom to have open discussions and elections for the new Iraqi National Council. Zeyad from Healing Iraq has some thoughts as well.
  • Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani is leaving a London hospital, but remaining in England as he recovers from heart-related treatment. Al-Sistani is considered the most important moderating force in post-war Iraq and his departure from Iraq is seen by many as disapproval of Muqtada al-Sadr's activities.


  • The Italian Friuli Briagade and 'Pozzuoli' unit will soon be "Changing the Guard" in Nasiriyah. The Trieste-based Friuli Briagade is due in Iraq on 27 August.
  • Arthur Chrenkoff examines some recent U.S. polls regarding the war in Iraq and comes away confused.


  • SSG Grant, a reservist combat engineer with Company B, 458th Engineer Battalion at Camp Victory-North has created quite a following with his cartoon series - Bohica Blues. For Milspeak-challenged individuals, BOHICA is the acronym for Bend Over Here It Comes

Again. Hat Tip: Intel Dump

  • The troops are still there. So is the Winds of Change.NET consolidated directory of ways you can support the troops: American, Australian, British, Canadian & Polish. Anyone out there with more information, contact us!

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Tracked: August 23, 2004 9:21 PM
Recent Iraq Reports from Stryker Brigade News
Excerpt: Winds of Change has two recent Iraq Reports with plenty of coverage of events there. The first was published on August 19th, while the second was published today, August 23rd....
Tracked: August 24, 2004 3:19 PM
Iraq Roundup from The Commons at Paulie World
Excerpt: Winds of Change.NET...


Regarding this..

Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani is leaving a London hospital, but remaining in England as he recovers from heart-related treatment. Al-Sistani is considered the most important moderating force in post-war Iraq and his departure from Iraq is seen by many as disapproval of Muqtada al-Sadr's activities.

Call me silly, but I'd say Sistani's departure has a heck of a lot more to do with needing heart surgery than as a sign of disapproval of Sadr's activities.


You are possibly as correct as any of the other rationale out there. The bottom line is no one knows for sure. al-Sistani has a good deal to disapprove of, since he blames al-Sadr for an attack on the Sistani compound. It's not like they are buddies. They just don't openly castigate each other in public as much as we tend to do in our politics.

There are a lot of other places al-Sistani could have gone for heart treatment - not sure it was surgical - France, Egypt or Jordan for example. Also his condition is said to be non-life threatening, so he could have gone months ago or anytime within the next few months. That he made himself unavailable for comment regarding the nearness of Infidels to the holy sites exactly during the crisis is considered by many to be significant.

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