mosul, iraq -- the donkey had lost its mind and walked in dumb circles in the dead centre of the road. We nearly ran it over on our way back to Mosul, two days after the city fell. Mosul is fast becoming an Arab version of Mogadishu, complete with no-go areas, self-defence militias and armed criminal gangs. No one is safe. The city is going through a violent political mutation. Various factions are coming into being and combining in the chaos of the old regime's demise. Some former Baathists and Iraqi military men are beginning to organize underground opposition to the American occupation, collecting at mosques around the city. In the middle are Iraqis trying to recreate a civil society. They are failing.
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