One of the members of the Iraqi Governing Council was shot today. Potential motivations are plentiful. Akila al-Hashimi is a woman, she cooperates with the United States, she is a Shiite, and she was a Ba’athist.
There are indications that women aren’t being treated so well in Iraq these days. Certainly cooperating with the United States can be dangerous. The Sunnis are worried about Shiite power gains, which has motivated recent killings. And nobody likes the Ba’athists.
Regardless, expect this to fuel the perception that the US can’t effectively secure Iraq.