Monday, March 31, 2008

good news for Basra

As reported in Bloombergs. This seemed to be one of the few American press pieces that acknowledged that Maliki had in fact attacked Sadr supporters/ malitia. I noticed many of the news reports out of the US had spun the news ,to make it seem ,as if it was Sadrs' malitia that had started the melee in Basra.
Still I am sure the majority of the population can breathe a sigh of relief for how long , I don't know? A number of points demonstrated by this incident. Maliki is no Prime Minister of Iraq. He a is puppet for the US. Clearly the Iraqi troops realize this as they had no loyalty to their new government. Lastly as Maliki faced a real challenge to his power, he dropped the tough talk and entered diplomatic negotians.

Baghdad Curfew to Be Lifted After Fighting Kills 90, AFP Says

March 31 (Bloomberg) -- A curfew in Baghdad will be lifted today after almost a week of fighting between U.S.-backed government forces and Shiite militiamen in the Iraqi capital left at least 90 people dead, Agence France-Presse reported.

The curfew will be lifted at 6 a.m. Baghdad time, the news agency said, citing state television.

A ban on driving vehicles will remain in force in the Baghdad neighborhoods of Sadr City, Kadhimiyah and Shuala that have been most affected by the fighting, AFP said.

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday ordered his fighters off Iraq's streets and demanded security forces stop arresting his followers. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who ordered an offensive against Shiite militiamen in the southern city of Basra last week, said Sadr's move was a ``step in the right direction,'' AFP reported.

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