Originally posted by anumohi
the US needs to get their asses out of the middle east and quit wasting our tax dollars on goddamn oil and use that money for air car and water car technology....
Originally posted by stirling
Muktada el Sadr iis the religious leader of the shiite majority of the iraqi population.
His private army was enough to turn the war.
They refused to fight with the Sunni insurgency.Iran and the Muktada guy are tight.
Its entirely possible that between Iranian army and the shiites they could give the allies a bloody run for the oil.
They have the people, just not the guns.....
On June 6, 2004, Muqtada al-Sadr issued an announcement directing Mahdi Army to cease operations in Najaf and Kufa. Remnants of the militia soon ceased bearing arms and halted the attacks on U.S forces. Gradually, militiamen left the area or went back to their homes. On the same day, Brigadier General Mark Hertling, a top US commander in charge of Najaf, Iraq, stated "The Muqtada militia is militarily defeated. We have killed scores of them over the last few weeks, and that is in Najaf alone. [...] The militia have been defeated, or have left." June 6 effectively marked the end of Shi'ite uprising.
The total number of Mahdi Army militiamen killed in the fighting across Iraq is estimated at between 1,500 and 2,000. The return of Najaf to Iraqi security forces following the cease-fire left Sadr City as the last bastion of Mahdi Army guerrillas still pursuing violent resistance. Clashes continued periodically in the district following the end of the Najaf-Kufa battles. On June 24, Mahdi Army declared an end to operations in Sadr City as well, effectively ending militia activity, at least for the time being. After the June 4 truce with the occupation forces, al-Sadr took steps to disband the Mahdi Army. en.wikipedia.org...
al-Sadr is an utter failure as a military commander. The only reason he's still alive is because he's been hiding in Iran "studying the Koran." If he had an cojones at all, he would have stayed in Iraq and fought for his beliefs; but he's a coward, and a loudmouth with no skill or desire to back up what he says.
Eight months shy of its deadline for pulling the last American soldier from Iraq and closing the door on an 8-year war, the Pentagon is having second thoughts.
Reluctant to say it publicly, officials fear a final pullout in December could create a security vacuum, offering an opportunity for power grabs by antagonists in an unresolved and simmering Arab-Kurd dispute, a weakened but still active al-Qaida or even an adventurous neighbor such as Iran.
The U.S. wants to keep perhaps several thousand troops in Iraq, not to engage in combat but to guard against an unraveling of a still-fragile peace.