May 10, 2008


Iraq, Sadr agree to end fighting in Baghdad (Alexandra Zavis, 5/10/08, Los Angeles Times)

Word of the possible breakthrough came as the Iraqi military announced the start of a long-promised crackdown against Sunni extremists in the northern city of Mosul. [...]

Under the terms announced by the cleric's spokesman, Sheik Salah Obeidi, Sadr's Mahdi Army militia would lay down its arms and allow the government to pursue individuals wanted for attacks, provided that there is a warrant. In return, he said, the government had dropped its demand that the militia disband and surrender its medium- and heavy-grade weapons.

"The document doesn't contain any item which refers to the dissolving of the Mahdi Army or handing over of its weapons," Obeidi said.

You can't beat Sadr, but you can the Salafists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2008 1:21 PM
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