Crime Wave? Not Our Problem

The streets of Baghdad are full of thieves, rapists and murderers who deserve to be locked up. But inside a dark, stuffy police station in the Bayaa neighborhood of southwest Baghdad, Lieut. Major Hafudh Jasim and his 60 cops have been spending most of their time sitting at their desks, sipping tea and complaining. "A criminal won't stop unless someone stops him," Jasim says with a shrug. Why he and his men haven't done more of that — they are reluctant to respond to calls and make only about five arrests a day in a crime-ridden area that covers nearly 400...

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