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I didn't get round to posting the letter signed by 52 former UK diplomats (including Ambassadors to a whole host of countries such as Israel, Iraq, the former Soviet Union, UN, etc) but that was a big story this week (at least here in the UK). Further fractures in the 'Coalition of the Willing' are also appearing, especially amongst the commanders of the British forces in Iraq regarding US tactics. Here's a sample story.... Britain, America Begin to Diverge in Iraq (MSNB; Wednesday 28th April 2004)

America is beginning to find it hard to find more troops to send to Iraq. "Of the service's 10 active-duty divisions, all or parts of nine are either already in Iraq to serve 12-month tours of duty, or have just returned home in recent weeks after a year's duty. " Army Finds Troop Supply 'Getting Thin' (Yahoo News; Wednesday 28th April 2004)

Journalists under attack in Iraq. Sasha was talking to me about this the other day. I can't remember everything he said but the treatment of foreign journalists inside Iraq in some quarters has been terrible.  US Swells Iraq Media Death Toll (Guardian Unlimited; Friday 23rd April 2004)

An Iranian court has ruled that the US should pay $600million in compensation for supplying Saddam Hussein chemical weapons which were then used on Iraqi Kurds and Iranian troops. This one's from the New Zealand Herald (so even Harry should have read it by now!) Iranian Court Orders US To Pay (NZ)$963 Million Compensation (New Zealand Herald; Thursday 29th April 2004)

Also caught this one about Canada experimenting with using Islamic Justice in some disputes... Canada Introduces Islamic Justice In Some Legal Disputes (New Zealand Herald; Thursday 29th April 2004)

John Browne, BP's Chief Executive and friend of Tony Blair, claims that Oil Giant BP has no future in Iraq due to security and political fears. BP Ready To Quit In Blow To Rebuilding Hopes (Guardian Unlimited; Thursady 29th April 2004)

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