Iraqi cleric Sadr scales back his militia | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Iraqi cleric Sadr scales back his militia

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc came first in a May parliamentary election, said on Thursday he was scaling back his militia to strengthen the incoming government and its security forces.

The cleric’s list won the most seats in an election marred by low turnout and allegations of fraud.

He is currently embroiled in negotiations with the heads of other blocs over forming the next government, in which he is expected to play a leading role.

Sadr said in a handwritten order published on his website that his Saraya al-Salam (Peace Companies) militia must disband in all cities except for the capital Baghdad and the cities of Karbala and Samarra, both homes to holy Shi’ite shrines.

The cleric had earlier this month called for a nationwide disarmament campaign after an arms cache exploded in his stronghold district of Sadr City in Baghdad, killing 18 people. Political opponents said the cache had belonged to his militia.

His Thursday order called on his men to store arms in a manner that protects civilians. All the militia’s leaders except those in the three named cities were prohibited from “activities on the ground”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Muqtada Al Sadr's rise to political power in Iraq, has to be the US government's worst nightmare, and one of the things which will most likely happen, on his watch, is a demand that all US troops leave the country, and quickly.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA