This is fresh from KUNA, the Kuwaiti News Agency:
POL-IRAQ-SADR-OFFICEThis could easily backfire, turning Sadrists who have so far hidden from "surge" forces over into attack mode. It could also be a cusp moment for the surge and for the Iraqi government, enabling at long last a beginning of a move towards peace.
My gut feeling says the former, pro-war commentators are sure to say the latter. Time will tell.
I also find myself wondering whether we will see new claims of Iranian meddling after this. The report talks about the confiscation of documents.
Update: It looks like either Maliki has decided to become a strongman or is doing a creditable impersonation of one.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki told his security forces on Tuesday to show no mercy toward insurgents in a security crackdown in Baghdad.The use of the word "insurgents" suggests Sunni militants were doing the shooting. Would he have been as bloodthirsty if the shooters had been Shiite? Has he finally decided it's either the militants from both camps or his own ass?
Update More breaking news about Iraq. The UK government has said that PM Tony Blair will announce a timetable for the pullout of British troops tomorrow.
Tony Blair is expected to announce a timetable for the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq.Did someone forget to give the Poodle the GOP talking points about how setting timetables emboldens the enemy, who can now just wait it out until the Brits leave in southern Iraq, and is tantamount to treason?