Tuesday :: Aug 29, 2006

Al-Sadr Controls Southern Iraq

by Steve

Having made his point that he alone controls southern Iraq now, Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army militia to withdraw from Diwaniyah and return control of the town to Iraqi police, after the provincial governor and council members were forced to come crawling to him and negotiate for it.

This came a day after Prime Minister al-Maliki said that the Iraqi Army is able to take control of the country within perhaps a year and that the security situation is greatly improved.

Sure Nouri, whatever you say. Let's see how well you control southern Iraq when the United States attacks Iran.

Update: Well, this is interesting. The Deputy PM today repeated the questionable claim that security is improving in the country and the overall violence is dropping. But he went farther to say that the Iraqi Army will be taking over security in half the country by the end of this year and should be able to handle it everywhere presumably by the end of 2007, still with American support. Furthermore, he revealed that the central government has reached agreement with regional officials that it will control the oil revenues and the regions will share the profits, with oil production expected to more than double by 2010.

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