Monday, January 29, 2007

The Surge Begins

To all my friends and friends of freedom

The surge has begun. In Najaf American and Iraqi forces killed over 250 terrorist fighters. The fighting began when Iraqi police stopped an assassination plot against Grand Ayatollah Sistani.

Meanwhile Haifa Street continues to be the scene of close fighting (video).

3 comments:

Adrian said...

Were they terrorists (aka foreign fighters)? Or were they Shi'ite cultists? Or were they Sunni insurgents? Or all of the above? I've heard differing things.

Catholicgauze said...

It appears it was both Shia cultists and Sunni insurgents. A good breakdown here
http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/01/iraqi_army_battles_s.php

Daniel said...

Juan Cole is saying similar things. It appears that the Army of Heaven is a Shia, anti-ayatollah, anti-Iran cult formerly supported by Saddam Hussein. It'd therefore make sense that the Army of Heaven is on good terms with the Baath Party and, potentially, al Qaeda in Iraq as well.

Very Protestant Reformationism.