U.S. Forces Battling al-Sadr’s Mahdi Terrorists, Again

March 28th, 2008 | by Sqotty |

This week has seen a rise in violence in Iraq, especially in Basra and in/around Baghdad. When airstrikes are called in, that’s indicative of an escalation. The Green Zone had been pretty quiet until this new upsurge in terrorism.

From FoxNews:

Anger has been growing since the Iraqi government launched a crackdown against Shiite militia violence in the southern oil port of Basra earlier this week.

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s followers say security forces are abusing a cease-fire by his Mahdi Army militia to unfairly target them in raids.

The government says it is acting against criminal gangs.

And from MSNBC:

A correspondent with the newspaper reported that four U.S. Stryker armored vehicles rumbled through Sadr City, one of them engaging militiamen with the Mahdi Army, which is loyal to al-Sadr, with heavy fire.

This is why making nice with Muqtada al-Sadr and failing to disarm and disband his Mahdi terrorist organization was a big mistake. Where would we be today if treated Osama bin Ladin and al-Qaeda with the same kind of kid gloves that we are treating al-Sadr with?

According to the BBC News, over 130 people have died and hundreds more injured in the recent escalation in violence. This is an example of what happens when you play nice with terrorists. More people die.

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