Vice Squad
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Iraq Alcohol Update

Vice Squad mentioned a few days ago that Iraq's transport minister was trying to shut down sales of alcohol at Baghdad's Airport. Friday's Guardian supplies more information, including:

(1) the ban extends to perfume;

(2) the ban seems to have been implemented; and,

(3) the violence directed at alcohol sellers elsewhere in Baghdad had made the airport one of the few remaining alcohol sales outlets in Iraq's capital.

Incidentally, US soldiers are not allowed to possess alcohol in Iraq. Some do anyway, and some of them are prosecuted by the Army, along with soldiers who use illegal drugs -- which themselves are readily available in Iraq.

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