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Iraq is really under control – governor is kidnapped

Saboteurs attacked a crude oil pipeline complex near the Kirkuk fields in northern Iraq on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry said. It was a bomb.

Sh*t is still blowing up and now one of the governors has been snatched. The trade-in for Chimpy’s version of “democracy and freedom” — oh, what a feeling! (AP):

Gunmen kidnapped the governor of Iraq’s western Anbar province Tuesday and told his family he would be released when U.S. forces withdraw from Qaim, the site of a major new offensive against followers of Iraq’s most-wanted militant, relatives said.

Gov. Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi was seized as he drove from Qaim to the provincial capital of Ramadi, his brother, Hammad, told The Associated Press. The kidnappers later called the family and said they were holding the governor until U.S. forces pull out of the Syrian border town, about 200 miles west of Baghdad, Hammad Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi said. “The kidnappers have demanded that American forces leave Qaim in order to release him,” he said.

U.S. forces are conducting one of their largest offensives in six months in the remote desert region, believed to be a haven for followers of militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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