May 23, 2008


US drops plans to raid Sadr City after Iraqi forces make a deal with Moqtada al-Sadr (Damien McElroy, 24/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

America has shelved plans to raid Baghdad's Sadr City after Iraqi forces negotiated a ceasefire with Shia militia. [...]

US and Iraqi commanders expressed frustration that the conditions imposed by Sadr will allow his militia to regroup after weeks of damaging fighting. [...]

The ceasefire agreement contains more concessions to Sadr's Mahdi Army than an earlier deal in Basra, where British and American troops entered its strongholds alongside Iraqi forces.

The Jameat is one thing, Mookie's another.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2008 9:39 PM

There is no such place. But, then again, they all look alike to you.

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2008 6:30 AM

Mookie is in Iran. Not in Iraq. He's a rather weak horse.

The JAM apparently moved a lot of their weapons out of Sadr City prior to the entry by the 10,000 man Iraqi Army force. Perhaps they knew they would otherwise have to fight to the end, perhaps cooler heads prevailed, perhaps the Army didn't really want to fight to the end, or perhaps higher-ups (i.e., Sistani) carried the day. We don't know. But Papaya is right about Basra, and I suspect if Sadr City has a few weeks or months absent the drumbeat of the "militia", life there will be markedly improved as well.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 24, 2008 10:11 AM

I am still convinced OJ uses this Sadr is the George Washington of Iraq meme as a way to spark comments as it, as Papaya and others note, flies in the face of reality.

Posted by: AWW at May 24, 2008 11:19 AM

We do know. The deal was that Maliki would be allowed to save some face provided Mookie's guys got to stay entirely intact.

We also know that Basra was not Sadrist. Sadr City is.

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2008 1:46 PM

Sadr isn't Washington--W is. Sadr is Sam Adams.

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2008 1:51 PM

A few weeks ago, he was Andrew Jackson. You gotta make up your mind. But we all know he is really Aaron Burr.

Posted by: ratbert at May 24, 2008 2:50 PM

Yes, but Jackson wasn't a Founder.

The only difference among those three is a presidency. That's Sadr's ultimate goal, but aiming isn't achieving.

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2008 5:17 PM

Oh, "they all look alike to me," eh? That's pretty funny coming from Mr. Shiites Can Do No Wrong. I'm supporting the elected Shiite government against an unelected Shiite militia. Seems to me I'm seeing some distinctions you're missing.

Posted by: PapayaSF at May 24, 2008 10:26 PM

Yes, Shi'ites differ, just like other people. Baby steps...

Posted by: oj at May 24, 2008 11:05 PM