Saturday, March 29, 2008


A demand Iraqi President Nuri alMaliki that Shiite militia members in Basra surrender their weapons seems to have backfired. (via Eschaton).

When nobody had turned up by Friday, Maliki gave members of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr's Mahdi Army militia 10 more days to turn in their weapons and renounce violence.

Instead, about 40 members of the Shiite-dominated Iraqi army and National Police offered to surrender their AK-47s and other weapons this morning to Sadr's representatives in the cleric's east Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City.

- Murphy

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