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Reporters, Officials Are Targets in Iraq

A 15-mile stretch of road south of Baghdad has become the most dreaded in Iraq after a series of high-profile kidnappings and deadly ambushes targeting foreign journalists and prominent politicians.Heat and boredom aren’t the worst aspect of being trapped in the gridlock that unfolds every day in the street running through Mahmoudiyah’s main food market. My traveling companion on a recent trip was an Iraqi with a farm in the area. Not that it’ll help much, he warned; his local connections were scant protection against those known here as mujahedeen, or holy fighters.Full Story

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