Written by Peter Hegseth on 8/7/08:

After posting my Samarra piece on NRO yesterday, I came across two interesting articles while waiting for transport out of Baghdad.  Both address the current status of Samarra:

TIME: "Reconciliation at Iraq's Ground Zero"
AFP: "Hundreds of Shiite worshipers pack bombed Iraqi mosque"

If Samarra is coming around, anywhere in Iraq can come around.  Still waiting to see first-hand, but these are good signs.  Alas, judgment remains reserved.

Also: I'm leaving now to meet Asaad Ali Yasseen's son at the Al Rasheed hotel now in Baghdad.  Should provide an update on the piece I wrote yesterday.


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