Just yesterday the MSM printed one more of their “sky is falling” diatribes about Sadr and the push by Maliki to ensure the federal government has control of the entire country:
Muqtada al-Sadr is considering setting aside his political ambitions and restarting a full-scale fight against U.S.-led forces — a worrisome shift that may reflect Iranian influence on the young cleric and could open the way for a shadow state protected by his powerful Mahdi Army.
A possible breakaway path — described to The Associated Press by Shiite lawmakers and politicians — would represent the ultimate backlash to the Iraqi government’s pressure on al-Sadr to renounce and disband his Shiite militia.
Oh boy…the “ultimate backlash!”
But what are they forced to report on today? That the Sunni’s are coming back into the fold and one of the reasons they are is the fact that Maliki dared to go after Sadr and his thugs:
Iraq’s largest Sunni bloc has agreed to return to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s cabinet after a boycott of nearly a year, several Sunni leaders said Thursday. They cited a recently passed amnesty law and the government’s crackdown on Shiite militias as reasons for the move.
The Sunni leaders said they were still working out the details of their return, an indication that the deal could still fall through. But such a return would represent a major political victory for Mr. Maliki in the midst of a military operation that has at times been criticized as poorly planned and fraught with risk. The principal group his security forces have been confronting is the Mahdi Army, a militia led by the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr.
Even though Mr. Maliki’s American-backed offensive against elements of the Mahdi Army has frequently stalled and has led to bitter complaints of civilian casualties, the Sunni leaders said that the government had done enough to address their concerns that they had decided to end their boycott.
“Our conditions were very clear, and the government achieved some of them,” said Adnan al-Dulaimi, the head of Tawafiq, the largest Sunni bloc in the government. Mr. Dulaimi said the achievements included “the general amnesty, chasing down the militias and disbanding them and curbing the outlaws.”
And just a few hours ago came this news:
Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pulled back from confrontation with the government on Friday, asking his followers to continue to observe a shaky ceasefire and not to battle government troops.
Sadr, whose call for calm was read out in a major mosque in Baghdad, said a recent threat of “open war” was directed only at U.S. forces, not the Iraqi government.
His comments could ease some of the tension that has been simmering in Iraq since Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki cracked down on Sadr’s Mehdi Army militia a month ago and threatened to ban his mass movement from provincial elections in October.
“You are the best who committed and were patient with the decision to cease fire, and were the most obedient to your leader. I wish you would continue your patience and your belief,” said Sadr’s statement.
Catch that? Sadr is still trying to sell the cease fire bit when it’s well known the Iraqi government has continued to push at and destroy the Sadr thugs in Baghdad and Basra:
The US and Iraqi military continue to strike at Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Baghdad. Ten “criminals” were killed in strikes in Sadr City, making 82 Mahdi fighters killed in the six days since Sadr threatened renewed violence.
Iraqi and US troops are not operating under any cease-fire in Baghdad. Iraqi and US soldiers killed 10 Mahdi Army fighters since last evening, upping the number to 86 Mahdi Army fighters killed in the Baghdad region since April 20. Ten Mahdi Army fighters were killed as they planted roadside bombs and fired mortars and rockets at US and Iraqi bases. Four more Mahdi Army fighters were killed after Iraqi National Police, backed by US soldiers, raided a psychiatric hospital. “We will not relent in our efforts to rid Baghdad of these criminal elements,” said Colonel Allen Batschelet, the chief of staff for Multinational Division Baghdad.
US and Iraqi troops killed 16 Mahdi Army fighters and captured five during recent clashes in Baghdad, Rashidiyah, and Hussaniyah.
Some cease fire huh? Puhlease.
I will say this for Sadr, At least he is consistently inconsistent. Its obvious now that Sadr’s threat of another uprising was a bluff all along since he knows full well how weak his forces are and his long slide into irrelevancy is picking up steam.
Just one more sign that we are winning the war in Iraq. Want another one?
Young women are daring to wear jeans, soldiers listen to pop music on their mobile phones and bands are performing at wedding parties again.
All across Iraq’s second city life is improving, a month after Iraqi troops began a surprise crackdown on the black-clad gangs who were allowed to flourish under the British military. The gunmen’s reign had enforced a strict set of religious codes.
Yet after three years of being terrified of kidnap, rape and murder – a fate that befell scores of other women – Nadyia Ahmed, 22, is among those enjoying a sense of normality, happy for the first time to attend her science course at Basra University. “I now have the university life that I heard of at high school before the war and always dreamt about,” she told The Times. “It was a nightmare because of these militiamen. I only attended class three days a week but now I look forward to going every day.”
“All these men in black [who imposed the laws] just vanished from the university after this operation,” said Ms Ahmed. “Things have completely changed over the past week.”
In a sign of the good mood, celebratory gunfire erupted around Basra two nights ago and text messages were pinged from one mobile phone to another after an alleged senior militia leader was arrested.
As for Afghanistan:
Most insurgent attacks occur in just a quarter of Afghanistan, a Nato-led force helping to fight the insurgency here said on Wednesday, dismissing a “perception” that Taliban violence is spreading.
There had been an increase in violence over the past two years, but this was because the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had stepped up its offensive against the movement, spokesperson Mark Laity said.
“There has been more fighting, more incidents, and the reason is almost 300 percent more activity in some parts of the insurgency generated by us,” Laity said.
However, “This insurgency is contained,” he said. “This is serious but this is not a countrywide insurgency.”
So the fact of the matter is that the insurgency in both Iraq and Afghanistan is contained and being stamped out.
Damn that bushitler!