Monday, January 29, 2007

Major battle in Najaf

Operations continue, but the situation has calmed considerably.

The Los Angeles Times has the best summary of the confusion in this battle:
Iraqi security officials offered conflicting accounts of the identity and motives of the heavily armed fighters outside Najaf, variously describing them as foreign fighters, Sunni Muslim nationalists, loyalists of executed former dictator Saddam Hussein or followers of a messianic Shiite death cult. Some witnesses reported that the attackers wore colorful Afghan tribal robes.
The New York Times may have the best explanation:
But two senior Shiite clerics said the gunmen were part of a Shiite splinter group that Saddam Hussein helped build in the 1990s to compete with followers of the venerated Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. They said the group, calling itself the Mehwadiya, was loyal to Ahmad bin al-Hassan al-Basri, an Iraqi cleric who had a falling out with Muhammad Bakr al-Sadr — father-in-law of the Shiite leader Moktada al-Sadr — in Hawza, a revered Shiite seminary in Najaf.

4 Comments:

Blogger Chuck said...

Thanks for your comment on my welcome home from Vietnam. It was a very troubled time and there were many things done that created a schism that exists to this day. We lost our national pride in the 60s and people like John Kerry and Jane Fonda are largly responsible.

I had hoped 9/11 would serve as a magnet to draw the country back together but it seems that hope has long since been dashed.

The problem, as I see it, isn't one of who is president, the same thing would be happening no matter who held the office. The problem is that Americans have become soft and flabby. They have no character anymore and they will not make the sacrifices necessary to ensure our security.

I sincerely hope that your military experience will no be tainted by the likes of Jane Fonda and John Kerry. I would love to get locked in a broom closet with Kerry and both of us have knives.
Chuck

4:05 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

I find it good news that this group's actions were apparently successfully dealt with by combined Iraq and US forces. That is hopeful.

9:13 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Thanks, Chuck.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

”The problem, as I see it, isn't one of who is president, the same thing would be happening no matter who held the office. The problem is that Americans have become soft and flabby. They have no character anymore and they will not make the sacrifices necessary to ensure our security.”

You sound like Rush Limbo!

I’m no fan of Hanoi Jane, but …

There’s a BIG difference between killing terrorist thugs in Afghanistan and Iran and Saudi Arabia and Pakistan…and toppling the Arab world’s most Westernized/Christian-friendly regime and replacing it by pro-Iranian Islamic fanatics- which is precisely what Bush has done in Iraq.

Plus the “case for war” was based on forged documents supplied generously to The White House by Israeli agents (Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby & Co) and Iranian spies (Chalabi, Allaoui, Hakim, Maliki…).

Bottom Line: Compared to Bush and Cheney, Kerry and Fonda are mere amateurs in the field of treason!

”I find it good news that this group's actions were apparently successfully dealt with by combined Iraq and US forces. That is hopeful”

No, that’s not “good” or “hopeful”: we’re currently arming and training a 100% Shiite Iraqi army whose sole loyalty goes to Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah…
One day, they’ll turn their weapons against us!

1:05 PM  

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