Saturday, September 30, 2006

Coup in Iraq?

Man, the news does not stop tonight. Is there a coup going on in Iraq? There's a curfew. Somebody got arrested. Was it Shiite militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr? Here's Iraq the Model:
Earlier on Friday, al-Sharqiya and al-Hurra TV networks reported that the home of a senior lawmaker from a "large political bloc" was raided by a joint Iraqi-American force. The identity of the lawmaker was kept secret "due to the sensitivity of the case" the report said.

The news also indicated the politician was arrested after a bomb factory and at least one VBIED were discovered during the raid. So some people are speculating that the current escalation is a reaction to the arrest.

Others believe the situation is connected to the threat a senior aide to Sadr made during the Friday prayers.

Hazim al-Aaraji, one of the closest aides to Muqtada al-Sadr warned the government on Friday that the Sadr movement would "start a revolution to topple the government if anyone dared arrest or harm Sayyed Muqtada…"
[formatting changed slightly] I wonder whose side Bush thinks we're on. What a clusterfuck.

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