Do Not Listen to the Army or Police

Riverbend, the girl blogger in Iraq, weighs in with her latest as she watches Iraqi TV. The scrolling text beneath the newscast reads: "The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area."

Riverbend comments: "That’s how messed up the country is at this point."

She goes on to speculate on Bush's highly-touted security forces in Iraq -- the ones, he says, that'll be required to stand on their own before we withdraw:
It really is difficult to understand what is happening lately... Today there are claims that Americans killed between 20 to 30 men from Sadr’s militia in an attack on a husseiniya yesterday. The Americans are claiming that responsibility for the attack should be placed on Iraqi security forces (the same security forces they are constantly commending).
All of this directly contradicts claims by Bush and other American politicians that Iraqi troops and security forces are in control of the situation. Or maybe they are in control -- just not in a good way.
(Baghdad Burning)

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