Running the gauntlet in a land of militias, insurgents, soldiers, gangs - and death at every turn The sound of gunfire is a constant feature of life in Baghdad, and everyone knows someone who has been killed or driven from their homes. Last month alone, more than 1,000 civilians, 135 members of the security forces and 143 insurgents were killed, according to official figures. About 1,800 civilians were injured. Hundreds more simply vanished. Those that can have left the country. An estimated 644,000 Iraqis were living in neighbouring Syria and Jordan by the end of last year, according to the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. In total 889,000 Iraqis have moved abroad. Islamic hardliners kill anyone they judge is not complying with strict Sharia. Shia extremists even issued leaflets threatening death to any grocer displaying âphallicâ cucumbers alongside âfeminineâ tomatoes. Article in full http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2298643,00.html Sheer bloody endless madness, what sort of walking abortion can interpret the Koran into this? Is this really Islamic Civilization?