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News Analysis April 27, 2003 Active steps towards establishing an Iraqi government are underway. A meeting in Baghdad on Monday the 28th is expected to have wide ranging attendance. Iraqi major political groups issued the Madrid Declaration expressing confidence in Iraq's democratic future. Essential services are being restored in Iraq. Oil production resumes and starts to meet domestic needs. Hundreds of POWs are being released every day. American troops start putting an end to some self-appointed local governors, including Abbas Abu Ragef in Kut (linked to SCIRI) and Mohammed Al Zubaidi in Baghdad (linked to the INC). France's u-turn regarding sanctions paves the way for a possible single resolution for lifting the embargo instead of lifting it in phases. This seems to be part of a new French strategy towards Iraq. A visit by the French Foreign Minister to Jordan was followed by a Jordanian attack on the Pentagon-backed Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi. Regional players continue to interfere in Iraqi affairs, allegedly including sending agents across the borders to cause instability. Syria responded to American threats (about harbouring Iraqi officials) by expelling Iraqi refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shia gather in Karbala in a strong show of power, but they seem to have disappointed those who hoped to see mass anti-American protests. The capture of Tariq Aziz might lead to revelations about Saddam's International deals, and Iraqi scientists start to reveal the deception techniques of Saddam's regime. News Analysis provided by the Iraqi Prospect Organisation: http://www.iprospect.org.uk See the IPO's work in media: http://www.iprospect.org.uk/media.html This message was sent from the free private e-mail service by easy.com, the portal site owned by Stelios and the easyGroup. This email service is available to all members of the public to use for personal reasons only. Not all subscribers to this e-mail service are representatives of an easyGroup company. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk