Morning Report will be on leave starting tomorrow (Tuesday) for the rest of this week, to allow me to get caught up with other planned posting and then take a short break. Morning Report will return, together with regular posting on DiL, on Sunday, May 23.
- Iraqi GC leader assassinated. (various) Izzidine Salim (also known as Abdel-Zaraa Othman), the president of the Iraqi Governing Council, was killed by a bomb on Monday morning at about 9:45am local time. Several other Iraqis were also killed in the explosion, which occurred about 200 meters from a Green Zone checkpoint. The GC chose Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, due to assume the rotating presidency in June, to succeed Salim; he is to serve until the handover of sovereignty on June 30. Paul Bremer recalled that Salim “strove for the downfall of the former regime and the birth of a democratic Iraq.” French President Jacques Chirac declared that the incident left him “as convinced as ever that there is no military solution” in Iraq.
- Gay marriages recognized in Massachussetts. (Fox) Contrary to the Fox News headline, the gay marriages set to begin today in Massachussetts will not be “America’s first same-sex weddings”, but they will be the first ones legally recognized by the state.