The situation in Iraq is certainly chaotic and dangerous and it seems redundant to report or comment on the war. But this fact in a story from MSNBC/Washingtonpost.com stood out as an indicator of just now truly bad it is.
A total of 338 Iraqis associated with the new governing structures or with the Americans have been assassinated since Oct. 1, according to U.S. military figures. This includes 35 police chiefs, mayors and middle-ranking officials. In Mosul, where 136 bodies have been found in the past month, U.S. officers suspect a particularly brutal and extensive campaign by fighters from the once-ruling Baath Party to target members of the Iraqi security forces.
"Having so far failed in its plan to 'decapitate' the Iraqi interim government, the insurgency appears to be concentrating instead on 'hollowing it out,' " the report...said.
Generals see no 'silver bullet' to fight insurgents [msnbc, Dec. 6, 2004]