WaPo: Zarqawi raises flag over strategic Iraqi border town
by arenwin, Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 07:56:30 AM EDT
Insurgents Seize Key Town in Iraq
A sign newly posted at the entrance of Qaim declared, "Welcome to the Islamic Kingdom of Qaim." A statement posted in mosques described Qaim as an "Islamic kingdom liberated from the occupation."
Zarqawi's fighters were killing officials and civilians seen as government-allied or anti-Islamic, witnesses, residents and others said. On Sunday, the bullet-riddled body of a woman lay in a street of Qaim. A sign left on her corpse declared, "A prostitute who was punished."
And this is the nuttiest part:
I knew things were bad over there, but the Zarqawi network is operating with such impunity that they can actually raise their flag and claim a village? And the Marines say they don't even know about it?
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