And the US government wonders why they are losing the propaganda war.
The US Army tried to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr, the widely revered Shia cleric, after luring him to peace negotiations at a house in the holy city of Najaf, which it then attacked, according to a senior Iraqi government official.
On a side note, even though he Bush administration claims that the occupation forces in Iraq are only there at the behest of the Iraqi government, they never manage to explain why they can continue to assume they will be allowed to remain in Iraq for decades.
One scenario includes a “series of military installations [that] could be maintained around Iraq, with a total of total of 30,000 to 40,000 U.S. troops, for a long period of time — maybe a few decades.”
Along with Bush’s promise to the Saudis, that the US would not withdraw from Iraq until his presidential term was over, you have to wonder how many of these decisions are run past the Malaki government.
Of course, we know what they real reason is, don’t we?
A representative for Hands Off Iraqi Oil (HOIO) said that an Iraqi oil law could mean that international companies may receive full control of Iraqi oil fields for more than two decades, Iraq Directory reported.