Thursday, March 27, 2008
McCain's WarUS Embassy Personnel In Baghdad Told Not To Leave 'Reinforced Structures' Due To Incoming Insurgent Fire by Matthew Lee AP 03/27/08
Thousands in Baghdad Protest Basra Assault New York Times by James Glanz and Graham Bowley 03/28/08 (accessed 03/27/08)
Who are the "Iraqi Security Forces?" by Pat Lang, Sic Semper Tyrannis 2008 blog 03/26/08:
So, there is fighting in Basra among the Shia? What a surprise! A showdown there between forces of the Mahdi Army and the rest has been "in the cards" for some time. The MSM talks as though the "Iraqi Security Forces" are something other than representatives of millitia anti Sadrist forces among the Shia. That is not the case. The security forces really represent the power of some of the Shia parties/militias being used in this case against the Sadrists. There is an ongoing struggle among the major Shia factions in Iraq. One of these is the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr. Others include the Dawa allies of Prime Ministers Maliki, the al-Hakim faction (SIIC), the Badr Force (generally allied with Hakim) and Fadila in the Basra area.And since we have a couple of wars going very badly in Iraq and Afghanistan, why not fire rockets at some more countries? Somalia, for instance. Or Pakistan:
U.S. Steps Up Unilateral Strikes in Pakistan by Robin Wright and Joby Warrick Washington Post 03/26/08
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