Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Girl on Girl Action. Shia v. Sunni style

Such charming people.

Iraq: Shiite female militias 'kill Sunni Muslim women

A gang of women who are part of the Mahdi army militia, loyal to radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, have killed a group of Sunni Muslim women in the al-Washshash district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

This is according to a statement released on Tuesday by the Congress of the People of Iraq, the party led by Adnan al-Dulaimi, who is also the leader of the Iraqi Accord Front, a key Sunni political bloc.

"The vast campaign of forced migration by the militias of the Mahdi Army against the Sunnis in that district of Baghdad, has led to entire Sunni families being forced to flee the area, except for some women who have remained to protect their homes," said the statement.

The gang, led by the sister of one of the commanders in the Mahdi Army, murdered three Sunni women, killing them after they broke into their homes with the help of some elements of the militia and before the eyes of the government forces, who have been massively deployed in the district of al-Washshash".

Although the statement did name of the woman leading the female gang within the Mahdi Army, sources told Adnkronos International (AKI) that this person is known as "Layla and is the sister of Jabbar Hammudi, one of the principal leaders of the Mahdi Army, who was killed a few days ago.

"The Congress of the People of Iraq has already slammed the Mahdi Army for its campaign to force Sunni families to emigrate, after their the militiamen's headquarters was bombed by US forces last Thursday.

Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadrists who make up the Mahdi Army, in late August ordered the suspension of militia's activities for six months to reorganise and regain control of the increasingly divided militia.

The move followed gunfights in the holy Shiite city of Karbala that were apparently sparked by Mahdi army resentment at the role of the rival militia the Badr Organisation in policing the event.

The Badr Organsiation is the militia of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), created in Iran in 1982. The Badr Organsiation was trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.