April 1, 2007


Iraq's Shia militia 'stood down' (BBC, 4/01/07)

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says the Shia militia known as the Mehdi Army has stopped its activities on the orders of its leader, Moqtada Sadr.

The president described this as a positive response to the six-week-old Iraqi-US security push in Baghdad.

He was speaking after receiving the new US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, who expressed hope for progress towards stability and prosperity.

Many of the bombings in the country are blamed on Sunni insurgents.

It's been obvious that this was a joint U.S./Shi'a surge from the start and that it was taking place with Mookie's connivance.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2007 7:06 AM
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