While a reluctant President Bush met with an independent panel to cast about for some sort of Plan B for Iraq, militants in Baghdad were moving ahead with Plan A.
Tuesday’s kidnapping of up to 150 Iraqis from a government office in Baghdad is only the latest catastrophe in a city full of them, but it set a new standard in both organization and scope. Witnesses said about 25 police vehicles, manned by men in police uniforms, carried out the mass abduction at the Ministry of Higher Education.
The government ordered the apprehension of several police officials, and Iraq’s minister of higher education suspended classes at all universities.
But the impunity with which armed groups seem to work in Baghdad does not bode well for stability anytime soon.
Posted by Dave Knadler
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