The beginning of the end for the Sadrite thugs? Iraqslogger says Basra is in lockdown and the British are going after the Mahdi Army there, in a joint effort with Iraqi forces. What took so damn long? Hasn’t it been plainly obvious for at least two years now that Sadr and his followers should be rubbed out?
The enigmatic Obadiah Shoher is skeptical of the house-searches in Baghdad, similar to the ones in Basra. He raises a great question: will Iraqi Shi'a soldiers truly fight their brothers?
The Mahdi Army may be the major target of joint Iraqi-UK operations in Basra, sources in the city have told IraqSlogger. A curfew is in force in the city, and Iraqi forces conducted house-to-house searching today, especially in areas near Basra University, IraqSlogger has learned from eyewitnesses.
Iraqi and British officials have been tight lipped about the intended targets of the security plan, which have imposed a security cordon across all land and sea entry points to the city.