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Precarious Situation in Baghdad: Report From Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness

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In Baghdad, hundreds of Shiites yesterday staged demonstrations outside the Palestine Hotel for the second straight day. They demanded the release of Baghdad’s leading Shiite cleric Sheikh Muhammad al-Fartusi, who they said had been arrested by US forces.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting hundreds of flourishing gun fairs have sprung up around Iraq since the fall of Saddam. Under Saddam, Iraqi’s needed to go through strict background checks by the secret police before they could obtain a gun license; now anyone who has money can buy a gun.

At one market in a Shiite area of Baghdad, an oil-company worker told the Journal people are buying weapons to kill US soldiers if they don’t leave the country.

We go now to Amman to speak with Kathy Kelly of Voice In the Wilderness. She recently left Iraq where she was during the U.S. invasion.

  • Kathy Kelly, founder of Voices in the Wilderness. She just traveled to Jordan from Baghdad and speaks to us from Amman.

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