Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mookie declares false peace. Again.

Poor Mehdis. Getting their butt kicked every which way. Long War Journal reports:

Since the fighting began on Tuesday 358 Mahdi Army fighters were killed, 531 were wounded, 343 were captured, and 30 surrendered. The US and Iraqi security forces have killed 125 Mahdi Army fighters in Baghdad alone, while Iraqi security forces have killed 140 Mahdi fighters in Basra.

From March 25-29 the Mahdi Army had an average of 71 of its fighters killed per day. Sixty-nine fighters have been captured per day, and another 160 have been reported wounded per day during the fighting. The US and Iraqi military never came close to inflicting casualties during the height of major combat operations against al Qaeda in Iraq during the summer and fall of 2007.

Now Mookie wants to play the false surrender game but his thugs on the street aren't happy.

"We are now making phone calls to headquarters," a low-level Mehdi Army commander who gave his name as Abu Haidar told Reuters. "We don't know what to do. If we carry guns the government will oppose us, but if we put them down, the Americans will come, surround our homes and capture us."

Another Sadr City street commander, Abu Aqeel, said: "We don't have a choice. We should respect the order of Moqtada al-Sadr. But we will respect it with unease.

"There are worries, because this order will allow the American forces to capture and kill us one after another."

Sadly, it looks like al-Maliki is buying into the whole hudna. But warns that actions will be taken against those who disobey the cease fire conditions. Sadr's offer does not come without strings. His conditions for the cease fire include: a halt to all raids and release of prisoners without charges being levied.

Meanwhile, Iranian weapons continue to be used to kill our soldiers. And nobody says boo!