For much of the past three years, the Iraqi government has had little influence over Basra. As British troops have steadily withdrawn from the city, it has fallen into the control of three major Shi'ite militias - Moqtada al'Sadr's Mahdi Army, the Iran-backed Badr Brigades and a local group associated with the Fadila Party.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Shia militia's in Iraq - Where the power is...
The shia militias are the defacto policing and social power in the southern part of the country... dealing with them could plunge the country into chaos -- but so could leaving them alone.