August 29, 2007

THEY TRIED TO MAKE ME GO TO REHAB, I SAID, "YES,YES, YES":

Cleric Freezes Activities of His Militia (DAVID RISING, 8/29/07, AP)

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday.

The aide, Sheik Hazim al-Araji, said on Iraqi state television that the goal was to "rehabilitate" the organization, which has reportedly broken into factions, some of which the U.S. maintains are trained and supplied by Iran.

"We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological image within a maximum period of six months starting from the day this statement is issued," al-Araji said, reading from a statement by al-Sadr.

In Najaf, al-Sadr's spokesman said the order also means the Mahdi Army will no longer launch attacks against U.S. and other coalition forces.


Why would he attack his allies?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2007 7:25 AM
Comments

I can't do it: I can't see the words, "Mahdi army," without thinking of Omdurman.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 29, 2007 4:54 PM
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