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Al-Sadr Threatens ‘Open War Until Liberation’

From his adoring fans at the Associated Press:

Anti-US cleric al-Sadr threatens new uprising in Iraq

By SAMEER N. YACOUB

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened a new uprising Saturday if U.S. and Iraqi forces persist with a crackdown against his followers.

The statement, which was posted on his Web site, accused the U.S.-backed government of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of betraying the movement and the Iraqi people.

“So I direct my last warning and speech to the Iraqi government to refrain and to take the path of peace and abandon violence against its people,” al-Sadr said in the statement. “If the government does not refrain and leash the militias that have penetrated it, we will announce an open war until liberation.”

“Do you want a third uprising?” al-Sadr asked in the statement.

He also evoked a comparison with Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime, which widely suppressed Iraq’s majority Shiites.

“Despite our freeze of the Mahdi Army, our initiatives to defuse the tension and our calls for peaceful protests and strikes, after all these negotiations and concessions, you are becoming arrogant and adopt the policies of Saddam who used to ban Friday prayers, close the clerics’ offices and resort to assassinations,” he said…

The government and the U.S. military have said they are targeting criminal gangs, not al-Sadr’s movement…

Kill him. (That is, if anyone can find him, since he is heroically hiding in Iran.) 

Of course the good news is that this statement is a sure sign that the Iraqi and US crackdown is working.

The government and the U.S. military have said they are targeting criminal gangs, not al-Sadr’s movement.

As if there is any difference.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 19th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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