September 12, 2007

MAKING AN HONEST MAN OF HIM:

U.S. seeks pact with Shiite militia: The military is in talks with elements of cleric Sadr's powerful group, which is accused of attacks against soldiers but which holds sway in much of Baghdad and parts of Iraq. (Ned Parker, September 12, 2007, LA Times)

U.S. diplomats and military officers have been in talks with members of the armed movement loyal to Muqtada Sadr, a sharp reversal of policy and a grudging recognition that the radical Shiite cleric holds a dominant position in much of Baghdad and other parts of Iraq.

The secret dialogue has been going on since at least early 2006, but appeared to yield a tangible result only in the last week -- with relative calm in an area of west Baghdad that has been among the capital's most dangerous sections.


It's really just a matter of making the unofficial alliance official.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2007 2:12 PM
Comments

What ever happened to Tony Blair?

Posted by: erp at September 12, 2007 4:46 PM

It may be we have succeeded in peeling away part of the militia from Mooky.

Posted by: Jack Okie at September 13, 2007 10:50 AM
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