The Death of A Diplomat

The puzzling death of Egypt's envoy to Iraq

The killing of Ihab al-Sharif, the newly appointed Egyptian ambassador to Iraq, by the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq was the latest and most harrowing blow aimed by insurgents against Arab countries that have sent envoys to Iraq at the urging of the U.S. In just one day, Bahrain's chargé d'affaires was shot in the hand in a botched kidnapping attempt, and Pakistan's head of mission was attacked (he escaped unharmed and was recalled to Jordan). The U.S. and Iraq urged Baghdad's diplomatic community to remain steadfast. "U.S. diplomats aren't going to let terrorists deter us from doing our work to...

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