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Muqtada al-Sadr: Lookin’ Out for Number One

It seems Iraqi powermonger Muqtada al-Sadr isn’t too happy about the hundreds of soldiers and policemen in Basra who recently got pink slips after refusing to fight during recent clashes.

This, understand, has nothing to do with the individual soldiers and policemen involved; however anyone – al-Sadr included – tries to spin it, this is all about al-Sadr maintaining his influence among the nominally-secular security forces in Basra. 1,300 people or so got sacked, and while some of that number probably aren’t hardcore idealists, the majority most likely really were, as al-Sadr points out, just following orders. His orders, mind you, not those of their (secular, rather than spiritual) commanders.
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Published in: General, Security | on April 14th, 2008 | Comments Off on Muqtada al-Sadr: Lookin’ Out for Number One