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Monday, March 31, 2008

Iraq: Day Seven of Operation “Charge of the Knights”

Day Seven of Operation...
“Charge of the Knights”
Monday
, March 31, 2008

I’d have to say that things seem to be going fairly well today as the fighting tapers off in Basra and the rest of Iraq. Most noted news today is that Operations in Basra should come to an end by the latter part of this week and that the curfew in Baghdad has now been lifted.
AubreyJ.........
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Let see how the MSM is reporting the news out of Iraq today...


* AFP.Google.com had this report out earlier this morning...
Gun-toting fighters of hardline Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr melted away from Iraqi streets on Monday after week-long clashes with security forces that killed at least 461 people... Following six days of intense fighting with security forces, Sadr on Sunday reined in his fighters, signaling an end to the firefights which have also wounded more than 1,100 people across the country...
Read this report in full at the link below...

Sadr fighters vanish from Iraq's streets

* Alalam.ir... has this take on the news today...
An Iraqi parliamentarian hails Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's order to demilitarize its loyalists to bring a halt to the military clashes extended in southern Iraqi city of Basar... In an interview with Alalam, Legha Ale Yasin said that in case of no military or political interference by occupier forces, more agreements could be settled to bring an extensive peace and security in the region... "Yet Sadr movement has fulfilled its entire obligation in demilitarizing its fighters. So it expects the government to bring an end to its random raids targeting his loyalists," she said.
Read the rest at link below...
MP Hails Sadr Ceasefire Order

* CBCNews.ca reports...
The Iraqi government said Monday that military operations in Basra will end within days as the U.S.-controlled Green Zone in Baghdad came under fire again Monday... For days, Iraqi forces have clashed with Shia militias in the southern oil port city as part of a crackdown ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. An estimated 400 people have been killed as fighting spread to Baghdad neighborhoods and other southern cities... But Sami al-Askari, a key adviser to al-Maliki, told the Associated Press that most of Basra was "under control.”...
Military operations in Basra to end soon: Iraqi government

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* Pentagon Channel Report *

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