24 January 2007

You can run but you can't hide

'A quiet revolution has occurred since Saddam's overthrow. You didn't have broadband under the Baath party. You do now. Millions of Iraqis own mobiles. Despite the violence, the phone companies have gradually expanded coverage - although their security budgets are astronomical. Even in places like Falluja, you get good reception.

A surreal moment comes to mind, when I was there with a US patrol. My UK mobile rang. It was my credit card company, wanting to check a purchase. As I was talking, the patrol came under fire.

"I'm a bit busy now, I'll call you back," I shouted as I ducked behind a humvee'

- Andrew North, Baghdad diary, BBC, 23 January 2007

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