The Legitimacy of Iraq's Interim Governing Council

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In Fallujah over the week, at least 600 Iraqi civilians have been killed-including women and children. In a televised news conference today, General John Abizaid, head of the Central Command, was at pains to deny what he called inaccurate reporting by Arabic news organizations about US Marines. Although US forces say they-re gaining ground in Iraq-s southern cities, control of Fallujah remains uncertain, and there is concern that America-s show of force is creating new problems for the planned turnover of political power. Is the Governing Coalition seen as legitimate by Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds? What alternatives are there? Warren Olney speaks with a journalist in Baghdad, the former head of the UN's Iraq Program and a senior advisor to Interim Governing Council member Adnan Pachachi.
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Riccradi's article on cease-fire in Fallujah

Halliburton press statement on current Iraq situation

Iraq Governing Council (BBC profile)

Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)

John Bremer on Meet the Press

UN Security Council Resolution 1511 regarding Iraq, Kuwait

US Central Command

August 6 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB)

9-11 Commission

Washington Post article about al Qaeda threat



Warren Olney