Saturday, March 31, 2007

The 'Surge Success' that Wasn't

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a powerful Kurdish political leader, says that far from the U.S. military's recent "surge" being the cause of the lessening of factional and sectarian violence, this decrease is the result of the decision of Shi'i leader Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr to order the Mahdi Army to "stand down." The Mahdi Army is the paramilitary wing of his socio-political movement, Jama'at al-Sadr al-Thani (Movement of al-Sadr the Second).

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