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- "Everyone wants to kill me! The Americans want to kill me, the Shiites want to kill me, the Kurds want to kill me and even the insurgents. . . . Every night a different car passes by my house."
- "A Nation in Blood and Ink" by Dexter Filkins, The New York Times, August 14, 2005
- Commenting on the suspicions against him due to his roles as member of the constitutional committee, and as a Sunni Muslim who knows people with ties to the Iraqi insurgency.