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Iraq PM Tells Shiite Militias to Give Up

Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by Real World, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, it looks like they may actually do what needs to be done. As I've said before, the vast majority of milblogs, and embed reports I read have been talking about smashing the militia's (namely Al-Sadr's Mehdi Army) for quite some time. These militia's have been a serious thorn in the side of progress. Puppets of Iran, who provide them with training, funds, & weaponry, these militia's have been fueling sectarian strife, and have been clashing with coalition forces since day 1. Anyhow, it's good to see that the Shia leaders won't be protecting them anymore. Or so they say. We'll see.


    Associated Press
    Iraq PM Tells Shiite Militias to Give Up

    By STEVEN R. HURST 01.10.07, 5:44 PM ET

    Iraq's prime minister has told Shiite militiamen to surrender their arms or face an all-out assault by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, senior Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as American and Iraqi troops prepared major military operations aimed at ending sectarian warfare in Baghdad.

    The move came as President Bush said he will send an additional of 21,500 American combat troops to Iraq, according to excerpts of a speech the president was set to deliver later Wednesday.

    Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, head of Iraq's Shiite-led government, previously had blocked several U.S. attempts to crack down on fighters controlled by his most powerful political ally, Muqtada al-Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric.

    "Prime Minister al-Maliki has told everyone that there will be no escape from attack," a senior Shiite legislator and close al-Maliki adviser said. "The government has told the Sadrists: 'If we want to build a state we have no other choice but to attack armed groups.'"


    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/01/10/ap3318990.html
  2. Pujo

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    Lol, some firm action, finally. We'll just ask them to give up!
  3. wistahpatsfan

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    All set, then. Can we go home now?
    WHAT? We're sending more troops?!
    Oh, fakrissakes!

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