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BASRA, Iraq (AFP) - Iraq's radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday threatened a countrywide campaign of civil revolt as security forces battled his militiamen in the southern city of Basra.
Fighting raged from early morning in areas of Basra controlled by Sadr's Mahdi Army militia as troops and police launched a major crackdown on armed groups in the oil hub, considered the nerve centre of Iraq's national economy.
Originally posted by St Udio
because his Mahdi army ranks are filled with it's share of extremists and ideological zealots which only pretend to ceasefire while engaging in covert actions.... (imho)