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Abu Risha Killed * Bush’s Speech


In his speech last night, Bush referred to the recent killing of Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, who he met with just last week in his visit to a U.S. military base in Iraq.

Available for a limited number of interviews, journalists Enders and Rowley interviewed Abu Risha for their special report “The Ghost of Anbar” — the title is drawn from others referring to Abu Risha as “the ghost of Anbar.” Enders and Rowley, who traveled throughout Iraq during their recent trip, found Abu Risha on the top floor of the Marriott Hotel in Amman, Jordan. He told them Ramadi, the town he was killed in, was “100 percent secure.”

Rowley was interviewed this morning on “Democracy Now.”

Enders, who has spent nearly half of the last four years in Iraq, is author of the book Baghdad Bulletin. He was recently interviewed on the program Foreign Exchange; transcript and video are available.

The Ghost of Anbar” aired on Al-Jazeera English and is available via YouTube.
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Zunes and Leaver have written an annotated critique of Bush’s speech from last night.

Zunes is Middle East editor for Foreign Policy in Focus. He is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism. Leaver is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167.