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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:17 PM
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More on Sadr's insurgency
Daily news and comments on the situation in post Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi dentist

Wednesday, April 07, 2004
More on Sadr's insurgency
Sadr's aide and head of his office in Najaf, Qays Al-Khaz'ali, has declared the latest looting and killing spree going on in several Iraqi southern cities as an Intifada against the occupation. Speaking on behalf of Muqtada, he stated that they will certainly not calm down any soon because the Quran orders them not to; "Fight those who fight against you". And he has also made it clear that they stand united with their 'Sunni brothers' in Ramadi, Fallujah, and Adhamiya in the resistance.

Muqtada himself though doesn't seem as if he has made up his mind yet. I believe the fool senses that he has blundered seriously. Earlier yesterday he issued an announcement to his followers to cease the 'demonstrations', and that he had left the Kufa mosque and took refuge at Imam Ali's shrine in Najaf, typically hiding among civilians and holy sites like the coward he is. Later, however, he issued another written statement in which he reiterated his pledge to Hassan Fadhlallah, Hizbollah leader, adding to it that he will be the 'striking hand' for Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. One of his aides claimed that a delegation from Sistani met with Sadr informing him that the leading Shi'ite cleric supports Sadr and his followers and that their cause is legitimate. This contradicts Shitstani's statements yesterday, indicating that the old wizard is either suffering from senility or is playing his own dirty tricks. None of Sistani's agents have either denied or confirmed this claim, but they say that he will personally meet with Sadr tomorrow.

Meanwhile, violent clashes continue in Nassiriya and Ammara between Al-Mahdi militiamen and coalition troops. There were reports that the militia had kidnapped two South Korean construction workers in Nassiriya. At Kut it was reported that IP and Ukrainian forces regained control of the local tv and radio station after it had been overrun by Sadr's henchmen, but that fighting resumed later in the evening. Also, reports of fighting at Diwaniyah, which had been the only major city in the south unaffected by the recent developments up until yesterday.

(snip)

The fliers were signed by a group which called itself <i>Saif Allah Albattar</i> (Allah's striking sword) at Ramadi, Fallujah, Adhamiya, and Diyala, which advised Iraqis to remain home on April 9th (the anniversary of the occupation), stating that they would not be responsible if anyone failed to do so. Someone else talked about another group called the Iraqi Islamic Army (groups like these seem to pop up every other day) which claimed its responsibility for the killings of the 4 Americans in Fallujah last week, decribing them as 'Jews'.

http://healingiraq.blogspot.com /


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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:24 PM
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1. ???? ...
What is the thrust of your message ? ...

Who refers to Al Sistani as "SHITstani' ? ... You ? .. someone else ??? ...

Isnt this just simple ad hominem ? ...

I dont get it ...
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Aidoneus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:42 PM
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2. he's been pro-crusade from the beginning
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 06:43 PM by Aidoneus
not much of interest there, really.
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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:11 PM
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4. This is one Sunni Iraqis opinion from the ground, plus
there are serious real fact interposed between his political statements. I just thouhgt it had a few interesting on the ground tidbits.
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Ardee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:46 PM
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3. Sadr and Bush
are both fanatics and one should not judge either Islam or Christianity based upon either of them.

There are countless Iraqi's willing to fight and die for their nation apparently and the longer we remain in Iraq unilaterally the more of us will die there. Put yourself in their shoes, foreign troops in your city, kicking down your door at will, hassling your wife and children at will, installing puppets to run your government, would you not take up arms against them?
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