Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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

Day Two of Operation “Charge of the Knights”
Map by DoD
Iraqi Forces...
Loyal Shi’ite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Militants
Clash in Basra
, March 26, 2008


Iran is Shi’ite - al Qaeda is Sunni

With the success of the U.S. Surge... one can safely say al Qaeda in Iraq has been given a massive blow and is now on the run and almost out. With that said... one can also say that it is now Iran’s turn to be forced out of Iraq and out of its fragile government.

So let it be said today... that this new major operation, by the Iraqi Army mind you, in the southern oil-export city of Basra... could very well be the defining battle against the Shi'ite militias in Iraq.

Let’s see how the MSM
is reporting Day Two of this ongoing battle...

* International Herald Tribune...
Militants loyal to Shi’ite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with Iraqi security forces in Basra and Baghdad for a second day on Wednesday in fighting that has killed more than 50 people and wounded hundreds... The fighting between government forces and Sadr's followers has spread to other towns in the south where Sadr wields wide influence, as a ceasefire he imposed on his Mehdi Army militia last August unraveled...
Read this report in full at

... Police said 218 militiamen had been detained since the launch early Tuesday of the security sweep, which has been codenamed Saulat al-Fursan (Charge of the Knights) and is being overseen personally by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki...

Fighting Rages for Control of Oil-Hub Basra

... The operation in Al-Basrah looks like a bold display of force by the Iraqi government. It could signal the government's increasing assertiveness as it takes over greater security responsibilities from the British, who handed much of the governorate over last year. The operation was planned and carried out entirely by the Iraqi military -- aside from some air cover by multinational forces -- and it could provide a crucial test of the government's ability to stand on its own... Success could hand Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki and his beleaguered government a major political victory. Critics have maligned Al-Maliki as a weak and ineffectual leader, and a decisive victory in Al-Basrah could strengthen his position in the eyes of Iraqis and the broader Arab world...
Iraq: Al-Basrah Clashes Could Prove Ominous

Shi'ite radical leader Moqtada Al Sadr yesterday [Wednesday] called for talks to end the crisis in Basra as his militiamen fought new deadly battles with Iraqi forces in the southern port city and other Shi'ite areas... More than 80 people died and hundreds wounded in the fighting, including 20 killed in Sadr City, centered on the southern oil hub of Basra and parts of Baghdad where Sadr's followers hold sway, and spreading to the towns of Hilla, Kut and Diwaniya in the south...
Sadr calls for talks as 80 die

* Fighting Erupts in Critical Iraqi Oil City *

About this News Video: Fighting in Basra and around Iraq is on the rise as followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr take to the streets. (March 26)
News Video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress

> Jason at the Blog, PoliGazette, put up a good post today and it starts off like this... Heavy fighting has broken out in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and naturally many among the anti-war left are joyfully claiming vindication at what they see as the impending failure of the “surge”, linking it yet again to their own domestic partisan obsessions. What these thoroughly predictable ideologues overlook, however, is who is really doing the fighting—Iraqis...
Silver Lining

> Amy Proctor at the Blog, Bottom Line Up Front, put together this great post Monday... Click it out at link below...
Was McCain Right About Iran Training al-Qaeda?
Has translated video interview

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