Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Quick Iraq update

Professor Juan Cole's exhaustive analysis, as always, provides clarity:

An internet posting that represented itself as coming from the organization supposedly led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, variously called Monotheism and Holy War and "al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia", said Tuesday that its war on the Shiites made an exception for those Shiite groups that opposed US and British occupation of Iraq. These included the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, Shaikh Jawad al-Khalisi, and Shaikh Mahmud al-Hassani.

Al-Hayat: The Sadr movement responded to the announcement, saying that it was an attempt to divide the Shiites.

So, Zarqawi made an offer to try to undermine the Western powers in Iraq...

More fall out from the British Basra raid, CNN:

Iraq's National Security Adviser, Dr Mouwafak al-Rubaie, said he did not know how far security forces had been undermined by insurgents.

"It is a serious violation of sovereignty if MNF has raided a police station," National security adviser Mowafak al-Rubaie told CNN in a phone interview, referring to the multinational forces.


Anonymous Mark said...

Does FEMA know about the Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico? Should someone send them a letter this time?

10:56 AM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Wow. I was right in the post below.

Zarqawi, meanwhile, must be captured as soon as possible. His capture would be a serious blow to the morale of his fellow Jihadists.

11:57 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Bassizzzt, you were correct. This was clearly an attempt to exploit the Sadrist/Badrist fissure in Iraq.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Let's hope his head is removed by a large caliber projetile before the end of the year.

I wish I had a clear shot. I wouldn't even think twice.

5:19 PM  

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