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Omar Fadhil

Omar Fadhil is PJM Baghdad editor. His own blog is Iraq the Model.
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Iraqi Leaders Closely Watching U.S. Elections

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

As the U.S. presidential race heats up, the rhetoric coming from Baghdad changes.

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In the Middle East, Diplomacy = Weakness

Monday, July 21st, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

Dialogue and concessions often frighten America’s allies in the region and embolden its enemies.

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Iran and the Coming War

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

How Iran plans to drag the U.S. into war if Israel dares to attack its nuclear program.

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Iranian-Made Rocket Discovered Near Basra Alarms Iraqis

Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

New Iranian-made weapons have shown up in Iraq, prompting the country's government to deliver some sharp words for the regime in Tehran.

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Are Sadr and al-Qaeda Teaming Up in Iraq?

Monday, April 28th, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

Reports of serious negotiations taking place between Sadr's movement and al-Qaeda were followed by suspiciously coordinated threats from both groups.

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Al-Qaeda in Iraq: Determined but Desperate

Monday, April 21st, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

The anger and frustration evident in its latest missives indicate that al-Qaeda continues to lose allies and ground in Iraq and that time is not on its side.

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Who Do Iraqis Want to Be U.S. President?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - by Omar Fadhil

Iraqis know that their future may ride on who enters the White House in 2008. Still, in Baghdad, it's a long way to November.

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What Happens After the Surge

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

With important moves like cracking down on the al-Qaeda sympathetic Association of Muslim Scholars, the Iraqi government is exploiting the achievements of the surge strategy by the step-by-step establishment of the rule of law, writes Omar Fadhil of Iraq the Model.

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An Iraqi Alliance Breaks Apart

Monday, September 17th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

Moqtada al-Sadr's political bloc withdrew from Iraq's governing Shia alliance over the weekend. PJM editor Omar Fadhil ponders the implications.

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Baghdad Report: Never Missing an Opportunity to Miss an Oportunity

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

PJM Baghdad Editor Omar Fadhil reports that over the last few weeks "the major political parties in Iraq have kept taking turns at damaging the political process and ultimately their own government."

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A Flight to Nowhere

Monday, July 23rd, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

In a tale that sounds like something out of Kafka, PJM Baghdad editor Omar Fadhil recounts the agonizing story of his attempt to travel the short distance from Iraq to Jordan to pick up his visa at the U.S. embassy there, and shares the indignities of being Iraqi in the Amman airport.

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Baghdad Report: Iraqi Politics Heat Up for the Summer

Monday, July 2nd, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

PJM Baghdad Editor Omar Fadhil has the latest developments on the emergence of a new coalition in Baghdad and the ever-changing political landscape of the young government.

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Inside Baghdad Baseball

Friday, June 8th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


airaqbaseball.jpg PJM's Baghdad Editor Omar Fadhil reports in on how the Baghdad heat - in all the senses of the word -- is making Iraqi politics and politicians even crazier than normal.

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The Return of al-Sadr

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

After more than 14 weeks in hiding in Iran, Moqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq last week. The question before Iraq now is, "Has he returned from Iran stronger than he was before he left?" By Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor

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Baghdad Report: An Update on the Security Situation

Monday, May 21st, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


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Violence is down in Baghdad just as it seems to be increasing in other strategic areas of Iraq. A sign that al-Qaeda is on the move, writes Omar Fadhil. By Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor

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Sundays Under Fire

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


acannon.jpg Artillery in Baghdad -- Listening to the sounds of shelling in a city at war. By Omar Fadhil

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Baghdad Dispatch: The Wall

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

baghdadwall.jpg The decision to build security walls around some Baghdad districts is getting a lot of attention in the local and world media. It's creating many questions and even more rumors. Here's some background straight from Baghdad, just as protests may be making both Iraqi and American officials reconsider the plan, according to some press reports. by Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor

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Baghdad Report: Bombs and A Bridge Too Near

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


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This morning Baghdad lost one of its historic icons when the terrorists blew up the Sarrafiya Bridge. By Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor

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Baghdad Dispatch: Fierce fighting in the central city

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


awarphoto.jpg On the battles, banners, the small demonstrations, cheap extortion and Iran's tools by Omar Fadhil, PJM editor, Baghdad

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Baghdad Report: Heavy Armor’s In

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


atankinbaghdad.jpg Security Intensifies in the City. More Tanks Visible in the Streets. By Omar Fadhil, PJM editor, Baghdad

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Baghdad Report: Creating Old “Enemies” for New Wars

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


abarzoft.jpg Farzad Bazoft, Journalist, Hung 1990 Think the current Iranian crisis has to do with the 1979 American Embassy take-over? Think again. In 1990 Saddam Hussein, to mollify the Iraqi people arrested, tried and hung Farzad Bazoft, an innocent reporter for The Observer. It was what dictators do when war looms. PJM Baghdad editor Omar Fadhil looks at that incident and sees how the capture of the British sailors may just be the mullahs stealing from Hussein's playbook. By Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad

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FLASH: Iraqi Tribes Battle al-Qaeda. 39 Terrorists Killed

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil

abattle.jpg An Iraqi army soldier takes cover as he protects a police checkpoint. By Omar Fadhil, PJM editor, Baghdad The Al-bu Issa tribes in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, backed by local police and the MNF, clashed today with members of the al-Qaeda linked "Islamic State in Iraq" terror organization, according to al-Hurra TV.

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Baghdad Dispatch: Operation “Imposing Law”

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


aliquorshopbaghdad.jpg "Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy!" And open for business again. Life during wartime. PJM Baghdad editor Omar Fadhil reports on the improving security situation in the city and other signs of returning normalcy.

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