Romney Campaign Hits First Major Setback: An Endorsement By Denny Hastert | Main | Bio: Princess Hatey McSugartits
January 23, 2007

Crackdown "Nets 600 Sadr Forces"

One imagines they'll be held in those revolving-door "prisons" that the Palestinians made famous, though.

But the article, from the BBC, is more optimistic than I am, strangely enough.

About 600 fighters and 16 leaders of the radical Shia militia, the Mehdi Army, have been captured by security forces in Iraq, the US military says.

The statement said 52 operations had been conducted in 45 days targeting the militia, which is loyal to Najaf-based cleric Moqtada Sadr.

Sunni extremists were also the focus of the crackdown, the US military said.

US and Iraqi forces are currently preparing for a broad offensive in the strife-torn Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Now, all these killings and captures of Sadrists and Al Qaeda -- bear in mind, this is in preparation for the actual "broad offensive."

The military said five of the Mehdi Army leaders were detained in the pro-Sadr bastion, Sadr City. One senior figure was killed in a raid.

...

"Criminal activities by these individuals propagated instability within Iraq and their removal from the social structure is a critical start to providing the Iraqi populace with a safe and stable environment."

In addition, 33 Sunni extremist cell leaders were detained in Baghdad, the statement said.

...

The BBC's Andrew North in Baghdad says it is still not clear how significant the senior Mehdi Army figures now in custody are.

But this appears to be the beginnings of a harder line on this widely feared Shia militia, he says.

In the past, the Iraqi government has been criticised for turning a blind eye to Mehdi Army activities for political reasons.

A spokesman for the movement would not confirm the numbers detained, but he said they were now seeing Iraqi and US raids almost every day.

I think that's a sweet teaser-trailer. Can't wait for the actual movie.


digg this
posted by Ace at 02:48 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
hogmartin: "[i]Baking you have to make it and leave it up to t ..."

ALH: "My favorite piece of chicken is the drumstick, pre ..."

BigZesty: "very rarely cook with a recipe. This is why ..."

dartist: " Love me some chicken thighs. You can feed a lot ..."

Life of Brian: "Love me some chicken thighs. You can feed a lot o ..."

Bandersnatch: "[i] I very rarely cook with a recipe.[/i] Thi ..."

BigZesty: "I very rarely cook with a recipe. If i'm trying so ..."

Bandersnatch: "[i]But Bander, a more pressing thing - nekkid mode ..."

JTB: "This talk of good affordable cuts of meat got me t ..."

Lancelot Link Secret Agent Chimp : "There are few things in the cooking world that I d ..."

dartist: "I bought several spiral-cut hams on deep discount ..."

rhomboid: "GWS, I've been using smoked turkey legs (big sucke ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64