Thursday, February 07, 2008
Sadrists and the Surge
Be sure to check out the latest Iraq report from the International Crisis Group on the background of Muqtada Al-Sadr's freeze on Mahdi Army activities and the dynamics of the Sadrist/Badrist conflict, also including a comprehensive roundup of the events that led to the Mahdi Army's expanded control over the capital and its current status and ambiguous relation with Iran. Since the report is largely based on in-depth interviews with local players and interested parties, you'll get much raw information and insight from these reports minus the political pandering that you find in most of the Iraq coverage these days. If you haven't already, I urge you to read up their back reports on Iraq (and the Middle East in general, if you're interested).