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Reconstruction of Samarra shrine unites factions in Iraq

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  1. Real World

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    I figured I'd be the bizarro Wes for the day. :D Seriously though, a promising article here. Awakening Council sunni security members working with Kurdish soldiers & Shia police, to protect the reconstruction of the Samarra Shrine. Who'da a thunk it?

    Reconstruction of Samarra shrine unites factions in Iraq

    By BRADLEY BROOKS – 1 day ago

    SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) — It was the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine here that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war, bloodshed that has left tens of thousands dead and this ancient city in ruins.

    But reconstruction of the famed mosque amid the rubble filling this city is under way, once bitter Shiite and Sunni enemies jointly man checkpoints and locals hope tourists will return again to see the shrine and help save the economy.

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    National police controlled by the Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry man the same checkpoints as Awakening Council fighters, Sunnis who once sided with al-Qaida but now work with Coalition forces.

    An Iraqi army battalion comprised of Kurdish soldiers guards a security berm that encircles the city, while a separate mixed army battalion supports them. That mixed army battalion also works at checkpoints along with the national police, the Sunni fighters and local police as well.


    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i5kPpXmMM-p2QrJ3jUejlTDmzjQgD90835T00
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    More positive news. Can we stand it?


    Sunni bloc poised to join Maliki ministry


    James Glanz in Baghdad
    April 26, 2008

    IRAQ'S main Sunni Arab political bloc has said it is ready to rejoin cabinet, a step that could help with reconciliation efforts and shore up the government of the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki.

    The Sunni leaders said they were still working out the details, an indication that the deal could yet fall through. However, a return would represent an important political victory for Mr Maliki in the midst of a military operation that has at times been criticised as poorly planned.

    The principal group Mr Maliki's security forces have been confronting is the Mahdi Army, a powerful militia led by the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

    Even though Mr Maliki's US-backed offensive against elements of the Mahdi Army has frequently stalled and has led to bitter complaints of civilian casualties, the Sunni leaders said the Government had done enough to address their concerns.


    http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/su...maliki-ministry/2008/04/25/1208743246496.html
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    Good News! Really!

    Can the troops come home now?

    Please?
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    Soon enough Wistah. There will be a long presence there for sure. Just not the 100k+ we see today. Probably a 40k contingent to ensure the government has backing, and to maintain a presence in the region. If they succeed in dismantling Sadr's militia, then you'll see a sizable draw down real soon.
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    Right after they return from Bosnia and Korea.
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    There's a lot at play over there. More than the average MSM coverage will tell you. The Iraqi government means business when it comes to disbanding the militia's. They are forbidden by the constitution, and the action in Basra proves how far the young government, and it's security forces, have come. The Mahdi army will either be destroyed & Sadr with it, or disbanded, with Sadr a politician. The sooner this happens, the sooner we can get more of our bravest home. Let's hope the results are positive.

    Ultimatum issued to Mahdi Army in Basrah; 15 Mahdi fighters killed in Sadr City
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    Wes, why the long face?;)
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    Yeah, them too! Germany, Japan...when are we gonna finish off WWII? JEEZIZ H! Why does it take 60 years to end a war?

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