BASRA, Iraq, March 25 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces battled the Mehdi Army militia in Basra on Tuesday in a drive to win control of the southern oil city, but violence and unrest spread to Baghdad and other cities.Reuters
Police and health workers said at least 12 people were killed in the fighting in districts of central and northern Basra where Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army has a strong presence.
In a statement read out by a senior aide on Tuesday, Sadr called on Iraqis to stage sit-ins all over Iraq and said he would declare a "civil revolt" if attacks by U.S. and Iraqi security forces continued. He also threatened a "third step", but said it was too early to announce what it would be.
The sorry unwashed lout that runs the Mehdi 'Army' in Baghdad is feeling left out once again and making life hard for the people he claims to be trying to help. Sadr should have been removed (permanently) back when we had the chance. Until he leaves public life, the Iraqis will be the ones to suffer.
tag: Sadr, Iraq, Iraqi War, Verlin Martin, Lord Nazh