May 26, 2004

Abu Ghraib Blowback: Citing Fear of Human Pyramids, "Humiliated" Sadrist Forces Withdraw from Najaf at 4:00pm
— Ace

Ahem. Sounds like our incompetent army and reckless leadership sort of know what the hell they're doing:

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Militiamen loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said their leaders had told them to withdraw from the Iraqi holy city of Najaf by midday (4 a.m. EDT) on Thursday following a truce offer from Sadr.

"It was a written and a verbal order," said Ali Abu Zahra, commander of one of the Mehdi Army units that has been battling U.S. forces in Najaf.

Earlier on Thursday, Iraq (news - web sites)'s national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, quoting a statement signed by Sadr, said the cleric was willing to pull members of his Mehdi Army who are not from Najaf out of the holy city, and had demanded in return that a murder case for which he is wanted be suspended.

Don't read too much into that "demand." I don't hear anyone agreeing with it.

So, sounds like al-Sadr's suing for peace. Sounds like we've defeated him in detail (a term I learned from Steven den Beste), both militarily and politically, the latter accomplished by finally getting the Shi'a clerics to publicly denounce him.

How will the media play this victory?

I think I know:

Posted by: Ace at 11:34 PM | Comments (8)
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1 Nothing could be sadder
Than to see Moqtada Sadr
In Abu Gharib.....

Posted by: Carl O. Witz at May 27, 2004 01:17 AM (NWOjL)

2 I don't get it. How does this affect Jessica Cutler?

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at May 27, 2004 03:56 AM (JQjhA)

3 Of course, since the linked story is a Reuters-Rooter story, it contained:Iraq's U.S. occupiers have spent weeks trying to crush Sadr's militia, which has support among Shi'ites in the capital and southern cities, since he launched an uprising in April after the arrest of a key aide and the announcement of a warrant for his arrest over the murder of a rival cleric.
Golly, listening to those nuck-fozzles, you'd think the US had been getting its ass kicked all over the pitch, eh?

Posted by: Patton at May 27, 2004 07:08 AM (cLlFA)

4 I'm a little conflicted about this news. It seems the more aggressive bloggers/commentators have said that a truce of any sort with al-Sadr is a bad thing, because of the message that sends to other would-be warlords.

Now from what I understand, no one is taking seriously al-Sadr's demand to have his arrest warrant suspended, and yet, (and I admit I don't know many details, here) he's already ordered his troops out of Najaf. If he's got a brain in his skull (and I said "if"), you'd expect that he wouldn't make such an order unless he was under the impression that his demand would be taken seriously. I can only think of one reason he would have that impression, if not the U.S. - Shi'ite leaders must have assured him that they would force (snicker) the U.S. to comply. "Pull out," they must have suggested, "and if America tries to arrest you, we'll freak out about it."

I suppose I shouldn't jump to any conclusions. It seems like the situation must play itself out. But again, from what little I've heard, the story seems like good news mixed with bad.

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