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The Scotsman
Mystery group wage war on Sadr's militia

In a deadly expression of feelings that until now were kept quiet, a group representing local residents is said to have killed at least five militiamen in the last four days.

The murders are the first sign of organised Iraqi opposition to Sadr’s presence and come amid simmering discontent at the havoc their lawless presence has wreaked.

The group calls itself the Thulfiqar Army, after a twin-bladed sword said to be used by the Shiite martyr Imam Ali, to whom Najaf’s vast central mosque is dedicated.

Residents say leaflets bearing that name have been circulated in the city in the last week, urging Sadr’s al-Mahdi army to leave immediately or face imminent death. . . .

"It has got some of the Mahdi guys quite worried, I tell you. They are banding together more, when normally you would see them happily walking on the streets alone. I think their commanders have ordered them to do that."

via Instapundit

For more on Sadr, see the article on the Christian Science Monitor.


Joi, ground truth is very different than you're seeing in western media.

This particular crap here is a replay of what the U.S. did in Colombia as part of the War on Drugs. Take a look at the assassination of Pablo Escobar. And take a look at the death toll of innocent civilians.

Anyone that thinks the U.S. is a democracy, obeys international law, and is making matters better in the world needs their head examined.

Interesting parallel Michael. So is it black bag stuff? Were a lot of civilians taken out in the assassination of Escobar?

Watch for Iran’s hand in this. Sadr’s mentor Iranian Ayatollah Kazem Hossein Haeri has denied Sadr the right to wage a 'jihad' in his name. The leading Iraqi Shia leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani who has close ties to Iran has repeatedly urged his Shia followers not to take up arms against the United States. In fact Moqtada Sadr openly sneers at Shia leaders who speak Arabic with a Persian accent and he calls for a Iraqi Arab marja. It is obvious that Iran is not backing a Shia insurgency in Iraq but Iran would benefit from Sadr’s problems.
Best wishes,
Barry O’Connell