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  •  Madhi Army Retreating from Basra - Time Magazine (1+ / 0-)
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    Low morale, ammo out, supply route cut-off from Iran, getting their butt's kicked:

    More confirmation that the SURGE is working.

    This is called VICTORY!

    •  Umm, that's odd, as al Jazeera (3+ / 0-)
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      has this story here that paints Sadr as "The man" in this.

      Middle East Online has this story

      And yours truly has a diary right here.

      Are you sure you didn't get mixed up about this gibberish from Huckleberry Graham?

      Today, 3/30/08, 4007 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. Bush lied, how soon before your family pays the price for that?

      by boilerman10 on Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 03:54:00 PM PDT

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    •  You're an incredibly dishonest person (2+ / 0-)
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      The words you cite are from an unnamed source that Time can't confirm.

      But let's assume the source is correct for a moment. Even that source doesn't say "Mahdi Army Retreating from Basra" as you claim. It says they are retreating in Basra. Big difference-- it indicates they are pulling back from the 70% of the city that they have captured to their strongholds-- not leaving the city. And if supplies were cut off from Iran, why do you think that would be? Fantastic new interception capability by the Iraqi Army? Or they were cut off by Iran because the Mahdi Army is primarily fighting Badr forces?

      Congratulations by the way, your statement above is the one millionth time victory has been declared in Iraq. You could work for the Bush Administration.

      •  You got it Olds88 (3+ / 0-)
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        Nice trick here:

        Sources in Basra tell TIME that there has been a large-scale retreat of the Mahdi Army in the oil-rich Iraqi port city because of low morale and because ammunition is low due to the closure of the Iranian border. TIME has not yet been able to confirm those reports with U.S., Mahi Army or Iraqi government authorities.

        Suspiciously looks like typical planted news courtesy of DOD.

        Compare this with Juan Cole's report dated March 30 which includes a photo of Iraqi police surrendering to the Mahdi Army. Obviously someone was there to issue this report.

        "Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control people..." Henry Kissinger

        by truong son traveler on Mon Mar 31, 2008 at 03:29:46 AM PDT

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