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March 31, 2008

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Iraqi Army Takes The Lead

As Iraqi Army And Police Take The Lead With Only A Few Calls For Airstrikes Al-Sadr Pulls Fighters Off Iraq Streets

BAGHDAD - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Sunday that he was pulling his fighters off the streets nationwide and called on the government to stop raids against his followers and free them from prison.

The Iraqi government quickly welcomed al-Sadr's apparent move to resolve a widening conflict with his movement, sparked Tuesday by operations against his backers in the oil-rich southern city of Basra.

Al-Sadr's nine-point statement was issued by his headquarters in the holy city of Najaf and broadcast through loudspeakers on Shiite mosques. It said the first point was: "taking gunmen off the streets in Basra and elsewhere."

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh called the statement "positive and responsible." But he also warned in a telephone interview broadcast on Iraqi state TV. that security forces would continue to target those who don't follow the order.

"We expect a wide response to this call," he said. "After this announcement, anybody who targets the government and its institutions will be regarded ... as outlaws."

Scattered firing could be heard in central Baghdad hours after al-Sadr's statement was released, and rockets or mortars were fired toward the U.S.-protected Green Zone.

A U.S. public address system in the Green Zone warned people to "duck and cover" and to stay away from windows.

Iraqi security forces have been facing fierce resistance to their crackdown on militia violence in the southern city of Basra.

One of al-Maliki's top security officials was killed in a mortar attack against the palace that houses the military operations center, officials said.

The prime minister's Dawa party issued a statement of condolences identifying the slain official as Salim Qassim, known by his nickname Abu Laith al-Kadhimi.

The strength of the resistance to the week-old offensive has taken the U.S.-backed government by surprise, forcing it to come up with a new tactical plan targeting several Mahdi Army strongholds, a government official said.

The official, who was in Basra but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also had brought in reinforcements and appealed to local tribal leaders to help secure the area.

The prime minister, himself a Shiite, has called the fight "a decisive and final battle" and vowed to remain in Basra until government forces wrest control from militias, including the Mahdi Army that is loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

But al-Maliki also acknowledged Saturday that he may have miscalculated by failing to foresee the strong backlash the offensive would provoke in Baghdad and other cities where Shiite militias wield power.

Several clashes have involved U.S. forces and the U.S. military launched airstrikes in Basra. The military said 16 enemy fighters were killed in when an AC-130 gunship strafed heavily armed militants attacking Iraqi troops during clashes on Saturday.

U.S. and Iraqi troops also repelled an attack against American special forces Saturday in Suwayrah, a Shiite militia stronghold 25 miles south of Baghdad, killing 13 enemy fighters, the military said in a statement.

Never Under Saddam

Iraqi police said three militants were killed and 21 detained when clashes resumed there on Sunday.

The U.S. military said separately that American and Iraqi troops unearthed 14 badly decomposed bodies in a mass grave on Saturday in Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baghdad. It was the second such find since Thursday, when 37 bodies were found.

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The Iraqi Army And Police are starting to come along just fine. A little more training and some equipment and the Iraqi Army will get rid of all the crap and this will be the beginning of the end for US troop Involvement. THIS is what Victory starts to look like. WAY TO GO IRAQI TROOPS!!!!!

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Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Boooyah Marie!..WTG!..and so so great to hear the sound of victory!

March 31, 2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Great progress in spite of all the whining, moaning and groaning from the lefties, Marie! Thumbs up to our troops! :)

March 31, 2008 3:45 PM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Way to go Iran, way to step up with the diplomatic surge!

Thank You for negotiating the cease fire by Sadrists! /WORLD/meast/03/31/iraq.main/index.html

March 31, 2008 3:53 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


This is great isnt it?


And the Iraqi Troops too Gayle :-)


Your link doesnt work.

This whole thing is Malaki's call. He want's all the insurgents left to clear out. And now he has an Army to work with and it isnt all Coalition forces.

They are his! Trained by us, and what a wonderful job the American and Coalition forces have done training those guy's :-)

We should be as proud as our Soldiers are.

March 31, 2008 5:43 PM  
Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

This is really good news. I really think we are turning a corner in Iraq.

April 01, 2008 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Marie--
Do you suppose this al-Sadr guy has a brother named Muhfwuk?
Just askin'...

April 01, 2008 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...


Let the defeatist Democrats look that up in their Funk & Wagnall's...

April 01, 2008 7:03 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

You're right, Marie. Kudos to the Iraqi troops too!

April 01, 2008 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Kudos to them.
But off topic, I'm sitll peeing in my pants over that (Obama)cartoon on your Homepage.

April 01, 2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

I was watching a documentary about U.S. efforts to clear Tal Afar of Al Queda in 2005. The Iraqi forces were practically worthless and would run away when the shooting starts.

Glad to see they are doing much, MUCH better!

April 01, 2008 8:11 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I think so too, I think after the Iraqi Army get's rid of the remnants, thier government can get back to business. Hell, thier government has passed more bills than our own Congress has!

Uncle P,

Hey, Marie--
Do you suppose this al-Sadr guy has a brother named Muhfwuk?
Just askin'...

Um....I'm not familiar with his family Uncle P lol



Let the defeatist Democrats look that up in their Funk & Wagnall's...

Yeah! lol


Yeah :-)


Sorry about that lol

I swipe so much stuff I forget where I got it now. Rev. Wright might as well have been screaming that dont you think?


I think they are doing ALOT better, security wise, and government wise also :-)

April 02, 2008 10:28 AM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Iraqi Battalion Refuses to 'Fight Iraqis'

By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 11, 2004; Page A01

BAGHDAD, April 10 -- A battalion of the new Iraqi army refused to go to Fallujah earlier this week to support U.S. Marines battling for control of the city, senior U.S. Army officers here said, disclosing an incident that is casting new doubt on U.S. plans to transfer security matters to Iraqi forces.

It was the first time U.S. commanders had sought to involve the postwar Iraqi army in major combat operations, and the battalion's refusal came as large parts of Iraqi security forces have stopped carrying out their duties.

Things are going great!

We're showing the world how to win an occupation!

This is what happens when democracy does not develop naturally.

Hats off to our soldiers who continue to fight courageously, armed with a failing strategy developed by neocon idiots.

I support the troops 100%:
it's obvious the president doesn't.

April 05, 2008 11:52 AM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Oh no!

Iraqis are giving up on disarming militants...they sure are helping us out!

Iraq PM halts battle with militia
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
Maliki seems to be saying the army will not pursue the Mehdi Army for now.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has ordered a stop to all operations against "people who carry weapons" in the country.

This comes a day after he promised to continue to pursue criminals and outlaws in all provinces.

Last week there was intense fighting between the Mehdi Army militia and the Iraqi security forces in Basra.

Separately, police say a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people in an attack in a funeral in the province of Diyala.

The attack, on the funeral of a Sunni policeman, happened in the town of Sadiya, 60km (37 miles) from Baquba.

Attacks on funerals are usually blamed on al-Qaeda in Iraq.

John McSame better come up with a strategy quick. The war is going to return as the #1 issue going into the election.

And if Obama picks Jim Webb, lights out.

April 05, 2008 12:04 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Cherry picking articles again? Never Mind reading the one posted, for Pete's sake.

Jim Webb?

You think Webb is going to get Obama elected? You guy's dont even have a candidate yet.

Hillary could deliver a knock out punch before it's all over ya know!

April 07, 2008 9:36 AM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Cherry picked an article?

Marie, how many times have I told you about your "truthiness" and my facts?

Your life support is that Newsmax and Right Wing Nut Job Report...AND I'M cherry-picking?


Nope, once again it's your arch enemy "truth". The Iraqi soldiers refused to fight. Period. Fact.

They aren't getting better and Iraq is no closer to being able to sustain itself than pre-surge.

Violence will continue to drop and spike and the Iraqis have no choice but to rely on us entirely to hold their incredibly fragile country into a mere geographic expression.

Obama will be the nomination. With either Richardson or Webb, McSame has no chance "my friends"...especially if someone steals the cue cards at the debate. Poor old man...

April 07, 2008 9:46 PM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

No wonder right-wing nuts think things are going great in Iraq...holy propaganda Batman! This is straight out of the Nazi playbook!

U.S. military groomed TV analysts, NYT says

Paper: Extensive ideological, business ties raise issue of manipulation

updated 9:50 p.m. MT, Sat., April. 19, 2008

NEW YORK - Many U.S. military analysts used as commentators on Iraq by television networks have been groomed by the Pentagon, leaving some feeling they were manipulated to report favorably on the Bush administration, The New York Times said in Sunday editions.

A Times report examining ties between the Bush administration and former senior officers who acted as paid TV analysts said they got private briefings, trips and access to classified intelligence meant to influence their comments.

"Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks," the newspaper said.

April 20, 2008 8:21 AM  

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