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Crime as Lethal as Warfare in Iraq

As morgues fill, police blame sectarian rivalries suppressed by Hussein. Kidnapping and the trade in arms and drugs are also on the rise. It’s been more than a month since Hassan Hadi watched as his co-workers were executed one by one at the Happiness Bakery, and he can’t stop replaying the moment when fate spared him. In a small apartment just a block from the scene of the slaughter, a relative of one of the victims tucks a pistol into his waistband and slides a dull green grenade into his coat pocket as he ponders revenge. And in the gloomy dissecting hall of Baghdad’s central morgue, a doctor who examined the bakery victims laughs weakly to himself as still more bodies arrive at the crowded facility. “The cases we are getting are unbelievable,” Dr. Taha Qassim says. “Huge crimes, assassinations, beheadings. Why, only today I dissected three beheaded bodies. We will probably break the record for beheaded cadavers in any forensic department in the world.” Full Story

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