Iraqi Media Watch: March 3, 2006 ; Current Translations from the Iraqi Press, Strategic Insights, v. 5, issue 3 (March 2006)
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TV coverage is playing down the major dispute between Ibrahim al-Jaâ€™fari and the Kurds. There seems to be a coup against al-Jaâ€™fari and his factionâ€”including the bloc of Moqtada al-Sadr. This is also the desire of the Americans and the British who dislike al-Jaâ€™fari. It is very unlikely that the UIA is going to replace him. What does this mean? Well, for starters, a big delay for the formation of a government. Consequently, there will be more violence and uncertainty. Iraqis are not served by this fight. If the situation explodes, be certain that it will be blamed on the Americans, because they made their position clear regarding al-Jaâ€™fari. TV covered live two court sessions trying Saddam Hussein. The prosecution introduced documents with signatures and notes claiming that they were Saddamâ€™s own handwriting. The last two sessions were the strongest in linking Saddam and his brother, Barzan, to the massacre. Saddam on Wednesday admitted that he was responsible for giving the orders to destroy the orchards and that he referred the 148 residents of Dujail to the Revolutionary court. He asked the judge to release the others because he was the one responsible for everything. However, he claimed that he was acting according to his authority as the president of Iraq.
This article appeared in Strategic Insights, v.5, issue 3 (March 2006)Iraqi Media Watch: Current Translations from the Iraqi Press is an ongoing project produced by the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.