A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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).
Not only have Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani and Moqtada Sadr spoken against the Status of Forces Agreement that Washington wants to foist on Baghdad, but even al-Hakim of the Islamic Supreme Council opposes it. The US would maintain FIFTY bases (is there enough room in the country for 50 bases?), control of Iraq's airspace, and the imperial presidio, the Embassy. Ayatollah Sistani is going to hold out for full sovereignty (i.e. a token US force and Iraq control of its airspace).