Theodore's World: Muqtada al-Sadr Orders Iraq PM Out Of Basra

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March 27, 2008

Muqtada al-Sadr Orders Iraq PM Out Of Basra

A man holds up a banner depicting Mr Maliki as an American pawn during a protest in Sadr City

Relations between Sadr and Nouri al-Maliki have deteriorated sharply as the two men clashed over fighting between Iraqi forces and gunmen in Sadrist communities in Iraq.

The Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has demanded that the country's prime minister leave Basra where he is overseeing a military operation to purge the southern city of its radical Shi'ite militiamen.

Maliki gave followers of Sadr and other Shi'ite gunmen 72 hours to surrender their weapons and renounce violence or bear the brunt of a military crackdown.

"We are not going to chase those who hand over their weapons within 72 hours," said Mr Maliki. "If they do not surrender their arms, the law will follow its course."

A spokesman for Sadr said his movement had appealed to Mr Maliki to reduce tensions in the city by returning to Baghdad and sending a parliamentary delegation to seek an end to fighting.

Liwa Sumaysim, a spokesman for Sadr said: "Sadr has asked prime minister Maliki to leave Basra and to send a parliamentary delegation to resolve the crisis in the city."

Fighting has raged in Basra since Tuesday morning.

A military operation targeting rogue elements of the group was also underway in the Sadr City area of Baghdad

Wild Thing's comment........

Uh...he actually thinks the Maliki will just get up and leave one of his own cities because a random cleric said so? Mook-man is full of Shi’ite.

OK so here is a hint for Maliki, the American way. Forget the 72 hours, forget letting them threaten you Maliki.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 27, 2008 12:47 AM


.... x BASRA x...."Bombs AWAY!"
"No more Ali Babba & 40 Thieves!"

Posted by: drstrangeloveb52isok at March 27, 2008 02:51 AM

I recognize him from BEN HUR... He had his legs and arms broken after Charlton Heston's chariot ran over him in the first take? Didn't Nick take his place in the second take WT?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 27, 2008 03:16 AM

Now who is Mookyman to be telling Maliki what to do?
I want to know what is wrong with everyone today!
Mookyman needs to go away--and soon.

Posted by: Lynn at March 27, 2008 11:21 AM

Malaki is responsible for Mooky, gather all our troops and head for the border in one massive move, once outside of the range, glaze the whole area over, then there will be less subterfuge from Ali Babba. BTW while Ayatolla Assahola next door is looking at the mushroom cloud and praising the devil do them in too.

Posted by: Jack at March 27, 2008 01:37 PM

What is even more amusing here is that Maliki and the IA represent a shia majority government.

This isn't a fight between Iraq and shia. It's a fight between the IA ( mostly shia, BTW ) and Iranian backed insurgents.

Posted by: Kristopher at March 27, 2008 01:53 PM

drstrangeloveb52isok, no more. hahaha yippee!

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 27, 2008 05:29 PM

Darth, yes hahaha

Love seeing the enemy destroyed.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 27, 2008 05:30 PM

Lynn,your so right, you know it seems like more and more and almost daily now werid and bad things happening. sheesh.
Why can't people behave themselves. I say shoot him and put him out of our misery and our troops misery too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 27, 2008 05:34 PM

Jack that works for me and it could all be done before breakfast too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 27, 2008 05:36 PM

Hi Kristopher, your right, thanks for pointing that out, it is another world in so many ways.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 27, 2008 05:40 PM