The Mahdi Army, loyal to the Sadrist current, led by the Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has developed a pattern of strategic operations against US forces in Baghdad’s narrow streets.
The Shi'a militia will launch surprise attacks against the Americans when they enter the smaller roads and alleyways in the areas under Mahdi Army influence.
The Sadrist militiamen often refrain from attacks against US forces in the wider open roads, where US forces may have a stronger hand.
The Americans broke that arrangement two days ago, entering the small roads in the residential areas of the eastern al-Ubaidi district, residents report. Mahdi Army militiamen ambushed the US force, killing one American soldier.
Men hvorfor? Og giver det spørgsmål overhovedet mening længere? Hvis Petraeus sigter efter kortsigtede forbedringer mht. Magiske September, giver det her ikke mening. Men hvis man tænker langsigtet, hvorfor så lade den politiske proces dø, samtidig med at man væbner sunni-militser? Jeg giver op.
Ok. USA invaderede for at lave ravage. Så giver det hele mening.