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October 25, 2006

Isn't It Long Past Time To Take Sadr Out?

sadr-english.jpgUnited States and Iraqi forces raided a compound of militia leaders linked to radical Shia clerica Muqtada al Sadr. You'll recall that the Mehdi Army is blamed for a good portion of the sectarian violence in and around Baghdad, but it's control also extends to the southern port of Basra.

Time Magazine reports a leather bound book that details what the U.S. military is calling the Mehdi Army's book on ethnic cleansing was found in the compound:

Sadr's militia, the document suggests, are systematically driving Sunni families from their homes around Washash, which some U.S. troops who patrol there have taken to calling Little Sadr City. Among the papers found in the raid is a list of 65 houses around Washash where Shi'ite families have replaced Sunni families. On other pages were drafts of threat letters clearly intended for delivery to Sunni homes. And there was a roster of "virtuous families" in the Washash area with house numbers written next to their names, so the militia relocation agents could keep track of people deemed fit to stay.
More on the story, with links, at In The Bullpen.

Posted by Richard at October 25, 2006 5:48 PM

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