A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).
20,000 more US troops in Iraq is approximately 5 brigades, a number that Christian Merville of L'Orient-Le Jour says is too small to be deployed against the Sunni in Anbar Province. They will be deployed to target Moqtada al-Sadr. In fact, the paper reports that a big anti-Sadr campaign is to begin on 5 January.