10 March 2008

Iraq News (10 Mar)

The Good: While the recent car bombing in Baghdad may have been devastating, it is not an indication of an escalation in violence across Iraq according to military spokesmen. I agree, since it's a desperate, brutal attack by Al-Qaeda to destroy confidence in the security situation. With the stability in the once violent Anbar province, there is work in progress to fix up one of the oil refineries. With record-high demand and prices for crude, I'm inclined to say that this is a wise investment for the Iraqis.

The Bad: Violence in Mosul and Tikrit killed a few Iraqi civilians by means of a car bomb and IED respectively. But otherwise, in the words of the LA Times Baghdad Bureau: "A typically low-key day".

The Ugly: Maybe this explains where this rash on my arms and back came from, haha. The multi-billion dollar contract where KBR provides many services to coalition personnel is under some scrutiny (food, laundry facilities, etc). Apparently, the water has been foul...of course this report is a little dated since it cites evidence from 2004 to 2006.

The K-3 Refinery in Anbar might take some time to fix up


David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 03/10/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.

gage said...

LT, is this tainted water that I keep hearing about bottled water? I'm not sure I understand. If it's not bottled water is it water that comes out of ... what? ... the Tigris-Euphrates that KBR is supposed to be treating? the reports aren't all that specific. If it's bottled water, who's bottling it?

LT Nixon said...

I think it's water for laundry, showering, etc. But the report is from 2006. I'm sure it's way cleaner than what the Iraqis have...and that's a problem all by itself. We use bottled water trucked in from Kuwait for most everything edible, drinking. Some Sheikh who is buddies with Bush is probably making a killing off the stuff!