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Iraq - Iraqi troops surround Sadr office in Basra
Reuters (excerpt) ^ | April 18, 2008 | Aref Mohammed

Posted on 04/18/2008 3:51:07 AM PDT by HAL9000

Excerpt -

BASAR, Iraq, April 18 (Reuters) - Iraqi troops cordoned off the Basra office of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers on Friday and prevented them holding prayers in a move that seems sure to inflame tensions.

The government and Sadr followers confirmed the operation, which comes nearly a month after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki launched a crackdown on Sadr's Mehdi Army militia in Basra, sparking violent clashes across the south and in Baghdad.

"We have orders from the prime minister to take back all the governmental buildings that are occupied by parties and political movements in Basra within 48 hours," Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul-Karim Khalaf, told Reuters.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsadr; basra; iraq; sadr

1 posted on 04/18/2008 3:51:08 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

When are we going to stop playing around with Mookie and just off the fat lil sumb!tch?!?

The sooner Mookie is worm food, the sooner things will start quieting down in ‘Sadr City’ (which ought to be renamed to ‘Mookie Died Here Town’)


2 posted on 04/18/2008 4:00:33 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: HAL9000; Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Troops from the Iraqi Army prevented us from holding Friday prayers and now they are cordoning off the office. They want to evacuate and storm the office," Harith al-Idhari, the head of the office, told Reuters...

Developments.

3 posted on 04/18/2008 4:03:35 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (a fair dinkum aussie)
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To: mkjessup
"When are we going to stop playing around with Mookie and just off the fat lil sumb!tch?!?"

Problem is, Mookie isn't in Iraq. He currently resides in Iran.
4 posted on 04/18/2008 4:24:42 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: mkjessup
He needs killing more than any other target in Theater.

LLS

5 posted on 04/18/2008 4:29:48 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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To: HAL9000
I am not angry at mookie or his misled following. Having said that,
an ancient ritual might support a democracy's success, cut out his tongue.
6 posted on 04/18/2008 4:37:06 AM PDT by machenation ("it can't happen here" Frank Zappa)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

It’s my understanding that Mookie returned to Iraq not too long ago at the urging of the Iranians, correct me on this if I’m mistaken?


7 posted on 04/18/2008 4:45:41 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: mkjessup

I’m pretty sure he is in Iran. I know that when he approached the government about a cease fire this last time, he was in Iran. That was a couple of weeks ago. I think if he was in Iraq, they would take him out. Since he is not, I think they are just trying to wipe out his support.


9 posted on 04/18/2008 4:48:38 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Well the fewer Mookie-supporters the better, do they get the al-Qaeda eternal fun pack of 72 virgin Helen Thomases and a total BBQ pork-themed buffet table? ;)


10 posted on 04/18/2008 4:50:35 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: mkjessup

Hard to do. He’s hiding in Iran.


11 posted on 04/18/2008 4:52:31 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

So I hear. Of course nothing says “I Love You Mookie” like an FTD Special JDAM delivered to him AND his Iranian hosts.


12 posted on 04/18/2008 5:00:47 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: NurdlyPeon

I have come around to the belief that the ‘politics of personal destruction’ are not necessarily a bad thing, ergo:

Our enemies (both domestic and foreign) have made it *personal* and therefore they are fully entitled to 100 percent, absolute *destruction* in whatever way works.


14 posted on 04/18/2008 5:56:01 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: mkjessup
"do they get the al-Qaeda eternal fun pack of 72 virgin Helen Thomases"

That sir would be enough to blow yourself up all over again!!! AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH

It would not surprise me to learn that Helen Thomas is in fact a virgin...
15 posted on 04/18/2008 6:12:21 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: mkjessup

;-) Yep... I agree.

LLS


16 posted on 04/18/2008 6:42:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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To: Fred Nerks; NormsRevenge; elhombrelibre; Allegra; SandRat; tobyhill; G8 Diplomat; Dog; Cap Huff; ...
Basra office of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers

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We have orders from the prime minister to take back all the governmental buildings that are occupied by parties and political movements in Basra within 48 hours,"

Well clearly Sadr is not part of the Government...so his followers should not be able to deny the Government the use of its buildings....

It's time to assert the power of the government.

17 posted on 04/18/2008 8:47:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: All
Related thread:

Maliki’s Government Reinvigorated After Taking On Sadr’s Mahdi Army

18 posted on 04/18/2008 8:50:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks Ernest.

Maliki’s Government Reinvigorated After Taking On Sadr’s Mahdi Army
Strata Sphere | Thursday, April 17th, 2008 at 11:35 am. | AJStrata
Posted on 04/17/2008 11:19:14 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2003323/posts

Iraqi troops, Sadrists in Basra standoff
(Iraqi Government wants it’s buildings back)
AFP | April 18, 2008 | unknown
Posted on 04/18/2008 9:16:34 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2003524/posts

Sadrists vow to keep the Mahdi Army [Going down with the ship]
The Long War Journal | 4/17/2008 | Bill Roggio
Posted on 04/18/2008 5:35:54 AM PDT by Tennessean4Bush
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2003397/posts


19 posted on 04/18/2008 12:08:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Iran boots the tub of lard out of their land. Now where is he going to seek refuge. Perhaps the Swiss will take him in.


20 posted on 04/18/2008 6:48:22 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...)
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To: mkjessup
I believe Mookie is dead. He has not been seen on realtime TV since late last year.
21 posted on 04/18/2008 6:50:09 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (John McCain - The Manchurian Candidate? http://www.usvetdsp.com/manchuan.htm)
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To: mad_as_he$$

That occurred to me, of course in the Bizarro World of Islamofascist terrorists, dying is a great career move if you buy into all that crap about virgins, eternal buffet tables, and Ron Popeil rotisseries at your beck and call as a ‘martyr’, and your less fortunate comrades still blowing up women and children while humping goats in the dead of night can keep you “alive” by editing and doctoring up all those video tapes you made, with the predictable exhortations to kill all the Zionists, Imperialists, the Great Satans and the Mediocre Satans (and probably the lackluster non-achieving Satans too), and viola! You’re like the Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive...Stayin’ Alive”.

If anything, Islam proves that Satan (the REAL one) has a truly profound sense of humor, and is laughing his ass off everytime one of his deluded stooges buys the farm, blows themselves up, and then realizes that ‘paradise’ is just a personalized spit slowly rotating downstairs at Lucifer’s 24/7 Pure Pork BBQ Pit.


22 posted on 04/19/2008 5:41:52 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: mkjessup

Great analysis. Put down enough tape to keep you “alive” for years. Crazy world.


23 posted on 04/19/2008 6:22:42 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (John McCain - The Manchurian Candidate? http://www.usvetdsp.com/manchuan.htm)
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