Toy soldier kidnapped in Iraq, which debunks urban legends, has this great new post on an Iraqi insurgent group posting pictures to a website showing a kidnapped US GI. But upon closer inspection the picture may be a hoax, as the soldier appear to be made of plastic. Pretty funny (if insensitive.)

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,