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Assassinations and some success for Operation Phantom Pheonix

Unfortunately, Judge Amir Jawdat Naeib was assassinated in Baghdad on his way to work today. According to the linked BBC article, assassinations have gone down since the ‘surge’, but this is another example of how far Iraq is from true stability. Despite this, the Coalition has announced that over 60 militants have been killed in the latest push into the Diyala province called Operation Phantom Pheonix. Another booby trapped house killed seven police officers in the same operation. Iraq eases law against Baathists, according to Al Jazeera English, while Solomon Moor of the New York Times analyzes the development in a little more depth.