Friday, March 28, 2008

Sucks to be one of Mookie's boys

In what is a critical test of the Iraqi Security Forces, Mookie's Mahdi army is attempting to stand up to the Iraq government in Baghdad and Basrah. Bill Roggio from The Long War Journal reports that Fighting in Baghdad, South against Mahdi Army completes fourth day.
  • Fighting in Basrah and Baghdad and throughout much of the South continues as Iraqi security forces and Multinational Forces Iraq press the fight against the Mahdi Army and other Iranian-backed terror groups. The Iraqi Army has moved additional forces to Basrah as the US and Iraqi military have conducted significant engagements in Shia areas of Baghdad. The Mahdi Army has taken significant casualties. The US military has denied the Mahdi Army has taken control of checkpoints in Baghdad.

If you remember, last year the British handed off Basrah to Iraq control and started moving their people out of country. Basrah is a great example of what can happen if we recklessly pull our troops out per Clinton or Obama's plans before the Iraq security forces are up to the job of holding the security gains.