Mufti operates independently on Baghdad share market
I shouldn't laugh, it's not funny, peoples lives are in danger - but here;
Meet "Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly, spiritual leader and would-be rescuer". Sheik Hilaly has been sent to Iraq with a donation to (hopefully?) secure the release of hostage Douglas Wood.
The sheik hopes to make contact with the hostage takers... he said he was treating Baghdad's criminal and insurgent world as a market in which he had to find the right trader.You really have to read the whole thing.