Thursday, May 27, 2004
Does he have any more places to withdraw from?
"Radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr had agreed to withdraw his militia from Najaf and hand the city back to Iraqi police, raising hopes for an end to weeks of fighting that threatened some of Shia Islam's holiest sites, the Government's national security adviser said."We'll of course wait and see how the situation will unfold - al Sadr might just be trying to survive until June 30, after which date he's hoping that the Iraqi authorities will be too weak to forcefully deal with him. In the meantime he's bleeding men, although unfortunately that's probably the only resource he can afford to keep losing at the moment.