Monday, April 16, 2007

Radical cleric allies quit Iraq Cabinet

From the AP:

Cabinet ministers loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resigned on Monday to protest the prime minister's refusal to set a timetable for an American withdrawal, raising the prospect that the Mahdi Army militia could return to the streets of Baghdad.
Well, maybe you should stop killing yourselves first.
The number of bodies found dumped in Baghdad increased sharply on Sunday to 30 — from as low as five in recent days — in a possible sign of the militia's resurgence, even ahead of the six resignations.

The bodies, most of them tortured before they were shot execution-style, are widely believed to be the victims of Shiite death squads associated with the Mahdi Army. Al-Sadr had ordered his fighters hide their weapons and stay off the streets shortly before the U.S. troop surge and security crackdown began on Feb. 14.[snip]

Earlier in the day, Nassar al-Rubaie, head of the Sadrist bloc, declared that the ministers would "give the six Cabinet seats to the government, with the hope that they will be given to independents who represent the will of the people."
I don't know if this is a bad thing or a good thing yet. I mean it seems that the Sad'r Shiite Death Squads are the problem right now.