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a_unique_person
20th October 2006, 08:33 AM
The British pull out, the militia moves in and takes control.



BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dispatched an emergency security delegation that included the Minister of State for Security Affairs and top officials from the Interior and Defense ministries, Yassin Majid, the prime minister's media adviser, told The Associated Press.
The Mahdi Army fighters stormed three main police stations Friday morning, planting explosives that flattened the buildings, residents said.
About 800 black-clad militiamen with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were patrolling city streets in commandeered police vehicles, eyewitnesses said. Other fighters had set up roadblocks on routes into the city and sound trucks circulated telling residents to stay indoors.
Fighting broke out in Amara on Thursday after the head of police intelligence in the surrounding province, a member of the rival Shiite Badr Brigade militia, was killed by a roadside bomb, prompting his family to kidnap the teenage brother of the local head of the a-Madhi Army.
The Mahdi Army seized several police stations and clamped a curfew on the city in retaliation.





http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/20/iraq.sadr.ap/index.html


According to the no cut and run mantra, the British will now move back to the city and regain control. I'll be waiting to see how long that takes.

Bikewer
20th October 2006, 10:13 AM
I heard this on NPR this morning, and found it a rather disturbing development.

Of course, almost everything going on over there is disturbing, but everyone has been carefully dancing around the "civil war" thing for months now.

Well, not everyone. Some pundits said two years ago it was a civil war.

Darth Rotor
20th October 2006, 10:16 AM
The British pull out, the militia moves in and takes control.



http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/20/iraq.sadr.ap/index.html


According to the no cut and run mantra, the British will now move back to the city and regain control. I'll be waiting to see how long that takes.
Replay of An Najaf, 2004. Let's see what happens.

I predict: lots of things blowing up, many guns shooting. If I am wrong, and Al Sadr gets away with this, Sunnis are going to be more on their guard, flee the country, or get real nasty real soon. Not a tipping point, but a step toward one.

Ethnic cleansing of Sunnis for 50, Alex. :(

DR