Iraqi Forces Control Mosque
CNN is reporting that Iraqi National forces simply walked into the Imam Ali Shrine and rounded up 500 tired and hungry members of the Mehdi Army. No shots were fired. Sadr was nowhere to be found.
This was the big showdown? This was the "brewing civil war"? What happened to Sadr's pledge to "fight to the last drop of blood"? It turns that the Medhi Army, not the Iraqi National forces, was the paper tiger. I hope we learn a lesson from this episode: confront and kill the Islamists and they back down.