Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sick of it all?

I think this is good news.

Just one day after major clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Mahdi Army during a Shia religious celebration in Najaf, Muqtada al Sadr has ordered the Mahdi Army to halt all attacks in Iraq, including attacks against Coalition forces.

"We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological image within a maximum period of six months starting from the day this statement is issued," said Sheik Hazim al-Araji, an aide of Sadr, while reading a statement from Sadr on Iraqi state television.

Bill Roggio then does a breakdown of the Mahdi Army into its various elements, all of which is enough to make you want to request an entire meltdown after the freezing. He then adds

The fighting in Karbala, the violent opposition to the Shia-led government, the criminal activity, and the assassinations of Shia governors are causes of great concern for Sadr. These activities are no longer being tolerated by the greater Shia community.

Is this the Shi'a version of the Sunni's "We are sick of your crap", only directed at Sadr as opposed to al-Queda? To be devoutly hoped.

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