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19 Tense Hours in Sadr City Alongside the Mahdi Army
washington post ^ | March 29, 2008 | By Sudarsan Raghavan

Posted on 03/29/2008 4:32:03 AM PDT by Flavius

BAGHDAD, March 28 -- The gunfire struck like thunderclaps, building to a steady rhythm. American soldiers in a Stryker armored vehicle fired away from one end of the block. At the other end, two groups of Shiite militiamen pounded back with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. American helicopters circled above in the blue afternoon sky.

As a heavy barrage erupted outside his parents' house, Abu Mustafa al-Thahabi, a political and military adviser to the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, rushed through the purple gate and took shelter behind the thick walls. He had just spoken with a fighter by cellphone. "I told him not to use that weapon. It's not effective," he said, referring to a rocket-propelled grenade. "I told him to use the IED, the Iranian one," he added, using the shorthand for an improvised explosive device. "This is more effective."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsadr; iran; iraq; mahdi; sadr
how cute an inside report when do they get to climb onto the machine gun nests
1 posted on 03/29/2008 4:32:07 AM PDT by Flavius
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To: Flavius

Reading about thugs attempting to kill Americans is repulsive. Why is this rag head still amongst the living and why does the WaPo print this dung? Never mind, dumb question.


2 posted on 03/29/2008 4:40:41 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Flavius

Imagine a WaPo reporter in WWII embedded with the Nazis or Imperial Japonese and sending reports like this home.

Imagine that same reporter trying to regain entry into the US without the threat of a swift trial for treason and a slow walk to the gibbet.


3 posted on 03/29/2008 4:46:34 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Flavius

Ah. An embedded reporter. I guess she(?) won’t mind when we mistakenly kill her in attempting to get the bad guys.


4 posted on 03/29/2008 4:48:12 AM PDT by tongue-tied (Hey Taliban! Bite me, you will not win.)
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1981084/posts?page=1324#1324


5 posted on 03/29/2008 4:48:33 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Flavius; Allegra; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; ...

Unbelievable. WAPO imbedded with the enemy. Literally.


6 posted on 03/29/2008 4:50:42 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: Flavius
Why hasn't the USAF launched a Hellfire at the Post's 'reporter'? Keep this Sadrist in mind, next time you hear the international journalist's union bleating about their members being killed 'in the line of duty.'
7 posted on 03/29/2008 4:52:47 AM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.iwo.com/heroes.htm)
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To: Flavius

8 posted on 03/29/2008 4:56:09 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: tongue-tied

> Ah. An embedded reporter. I guess she(?) won’t mind when we mistakenly kill her in attempting to get the bad guys.

No mistake will be made: this reporter IS one of the bad guys. And the Washington Post is clearly in collusion.

I do not know why you Americans tolerate this treason.


9 posted on 03/29/2008 4:58:13 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: Lion Den Dan
Surprisingly, though, the story is not as emotional as many, and the author gives a surprising amount of details about the Mahdi Army tactics. Although it could just be disinformation...
10 posted on 03/29/2008 4:59:10 AM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Free market, but cautious about what I support with my dollars)
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To: Flavius

“”We have to keep the Americans nervous, on their edge,” Thahabi said. “We can’t make it easy for them.””
Thahabi sounds like a good Democrat. I wonder if he’s pulling for Shrillery or Nobama?


11 posted on 03/29/2008 5:03:00 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: Kay Ludlow

I dont think it’s misinformation. I think the reporter is really that stupid.


12 posted on 03/29/2008 5:04:24 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: Flavius
First we are told:There was no sign of dread, or grief, or fear. Death was a matter of honor, a shortcut to some divine place.

Later we read: Three solemn-faced Mahdi Army fighters entered the living room at around 2 p.m., fresh from battle. "Akeel, son of Riad, just got killed," said Abu Zainab al-Kabi. The room fell silent.

PROPAGANDA!

13 posted on 03/29/2008 5:25:07 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Westbrook

We are not the people we were back then. Consequently, we are not the Nation we were back then.

Then our leaders had courage.

Then our citizens had pride in America and what it stood for and were self reliant.

Then the media was for America.

Then our Servicemen/women were respected In America and their leaders supported them.

Contrast that with what we have now across the spectrum.


14 posted on 03/29/2008 5:40:36 AM PDT by sport
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To: Flavius
The sympathies of this "reporter" seem to be with the young fighters. Apparently he, she, it, has not seem or not paid attention to the movie clips of Adolf Hitler sending German boys as young as 12 to be cannon fodder before the fall of Berlin.

I spit on the Washington Post for publishing this, without putting the facts in context. Sadr is an Iranian stooge, who assassinated the previous Imam to get his position. Now, Sadr is willing to slaughter his own people, for the position and authority of Sadr. Think Cartman, only real and with guns.

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15 posted on 03/29/2008 5:41:25 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ( www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Flavius

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:utF2FKy8ADAJ:www.saja.org/raghavan.html+Sudarsan+Raghavan&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us

He seems to have made a career of writing from the bosom of America’s enemies and undermining the Iraq war in particular. It really is sickening!


16 posted on 03/29/2008 5:52:37 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Flavius
***I told him to use the IED, the Iranian one***

How convenient for them to mention the “Iranian” one in front of the reporter. This reporter is lying through his teeth in an attempt to make the militia seem more fierce than they really are. It's not to say that that they don't have “Iranian” ones but it just doesn't seem right that it would be in such a phrase.

17 posted on 03/29/2008 6:07:03 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: Flavius

This report makes me so mad I can’t describe it. I do believe that, for some time, the WaPo has refused to embed reporters with US units...


18 posted on 03/29/2008 6:29:41 AM PDT by LSUfan
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To: Flavius
On this block in Sadr City, the cleric's sprawling stronghold, men and boys came out from nearly every house to fight, using powerful IEDs and rockets.

The Left confirms it... There's no such thing as collateral damage. We should bomb the hell out of these "neighborhoods" before sending our boys in there, really soften it up for them.

19 posted on 03/29/2008 6:59:33 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: freema
In a way I can see where the scenario forces this type of access. Many of us have complained and rightly so, how reporters sit in cozy hotel lounges and sip their drinks. In Basra and Sadr City one is going to find mostly militia and little else other then in the case of SC, slowly emerging Coalition and Iraqi government groups that are trying to help them rebuild the city a bit, and of course start schools, improve on water, sewage, and electricity.
I don't condone one sided reporting especially when it favors our enemies, but it may be just that the reporter had little else to console with in the particular case. Who knows.
One thing for sure. This may be a deciding moment in how effective the Iraqi government and forces really are.
20 posted on 03/29/2008 9:34:05 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...)
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To: Flavius
This Wash. Compost reporter is a dirty, rotten, stinking piece of ***t. He ought to be arrested RIGHT NOW for treason.

He is outright encouraging violence and unrest.

21 posted on 03/29/2008 10:29:01 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: LibWhacker
The Left confirms it... There's no such thing as collateral damage. We should bomb the hell out of these "neighborhoods" before sending our boys in there, really soften it up for them.

I, for one, would not shed any tears if Sadr City were to be flattened.

And then we should leave it that way as a warning.

22 posted on 03/29/2008 11:03:33 AM PDT by Allegra (Tehran delenda est)
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To: Flavius

The Washington Compost embeds with the enemy. How nice. /sarcasm


23 posted on 03/29/2008 2:59:16 PM PDT by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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