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Posted Wed Jun 23 2010: from IRIN:
IRAQ: Killing for water
In the early hours of 18 June, gunmen broke into Faisal Hassan's west Baghdad home killing him, his wife and their two young children. The motive was not sectarian, political or even economic - but water-related. Forty-year-old Hasan was an employee of a local irrigation department.... The department he worked for supervised government water distribution to farmland in and around Abu Ghraib. His death brings the number of irrigation department employees killed in this city to three in the past three months, Mohammed Khudhair, a police investigator, said. "All these employees had nothing to do with politics or anti-militant activities, but instead were victims of the nature of their work, which has become a risky one," he said.... "Government officials can't control the regulation of irrigation and stop those who violate their regulations either because of corruption or because they fear for their lives. So we have to solve this issue ourselves."
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'Doc Jim says:
This could be a TV crime-drama: "Assignment: Irrigation Department!"
Kind of "Burn Notice meets The Sopranos."

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