Dateline: FUBAR, IRAQ:
Date posted: 09.09.2003.
Baghdad security report

CMCC cites Adhamiyah, Rusafa, Thowra, al-Muthanna, Shaab, Hurriyah, Shuahla and the Al-Ameriah ( the area around Baghdad International airport ) as uncertain or hostile areas.

Carjacking is rife in the capital. Do not walk around the streets with bags or mobile/satellite phones.

The curfew in Baghdad begins at 11pm and ends at 4am; most governorates have no curfew.

Iraq's highways are considered dangerous.

Highway 10 between Baghdad and the Jordanian border is especially hazardous, particularly around the Ramadi area. Armed bandits operate this route, using fast cars to stop large convoys of vehicles.
Highway 8, between Baghdad and Hillah is also considered a no go route by humanitarian organisations.
Highway 1, between Baghdad and Qasim is also very dangerous.

Police are present on the streets of the capital but they are Out-gunned and outnumbered.

Via Sullivan, website of English language newspaper Iraq Today.

The very next headline in the "Security" section is:

With no law and order, kidnapping becomes big business

And so on. Sounds like a neat place for some backpacking.

Reading through this stuff won't make the job of responding to Mr. MacMillan any easier.

Steve | 19:11 |