Larry Kaplow

Iraqi Oil Ready for Risk-Takers

There was oil in little jars, gyrating on swiveling chrome and glass shelves along with kerosene and gasoline. On display were scale models and designs of gas stations that could be built in the future and pieces of pipeline skillfully welded by Iraqi technicians.

Iraqi Maverick Politician Banned for Israel Trip

While American politicians debate who's a maverick willing to take on the establishment, Iraq's Mithal al-Alusi meets the criteria and pays the price. In the latest in a series of battles with what he calls the "fascist" religious parties running the government, Alusi was banned from parliament for making his third trip to Israel—or, the "Zionist entity" as it's known in official Iraqi correspondence.

Iraq National Museum Gets New American Aid

Perhaps the most famous of Hammurabi's legal codes was the tooth thing. Written in Mesopotamia about 2,700 years ago, it read, roughly, "If a man has knocked out the tooth of a man of the same rank, they shall knock out his tooth." There was the eye-for-an-eye clause, of course, and then many more intricate instructions.

Sistani Backs SOFA

Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Husseini Sistani has had some ups and downs lately but he's still the most influential person in Iraq. The latest reminder came today when he signaled–signaling is about as explicit as he gets on these kinds of issues–that he would not oppose the status of forces agreement (SOFA) between Iraq and the United States.

In the Dairy Aisle

It's easy to come up with reasons why Baghdad's relative peace might not last. There are still assassinations almost daily. Militias continue their saber-rattling exchanges.

After Calling Them Attackers, Army Admits Slain Iraqis' Innocence

The military admitted late Sunday that three bank employees – a 57-year-old man and two women coworkers – killed by U.S. soldiers in the Baghdad airport complex were just as their loved ones and Iraqi police had maintained: "Law abiding citizens of Iraq." But the soldiers who fired at them were, a military statement said, "not at fault."The announcement about the conclusion of an Army investigation corrected what had seemed implausible all along.