Iraqi leader drops protection of militiaThis is bad news for the
two-month boycott of the government. They were back at their jobs Sunday.
Reuters Photo: A policeman stands guard in front of a burning minibus shortly after a bomb attack...
By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer
59 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq -Iraq's prime minister has dropped his protection of an anti-American cleric's Shiite militia after U.S. intelligence convinced him the group was infiltrated by death squads, two officials said Sunday.
In a desperate bid to fend off an all-out American offensive, the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr last Friday ordered the 30 lawmakers and six Cabinet ministers under his control to end their nearly
Al-Sadr had already ordered his militia fighters not to display their weapons. They have not, however, ceded control of the formerly mixed neighborhoods they have captured, killing Sunnis or forcing them to abandon their homes and businesses. (link)
I'll expect outrage from the left sometime soon for this latest development in the
Reason to shoot