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March 30, 2008



"Further, any internal dissension [amongst the Mahdi army] that existed before the event due to a ceasefire is now gone."

And any internal dissent or questioning of leadership that existed in the Iraqi Army is now amplified.

"What a disaster."

In so many ways.


Thomas Ricks writing during Ambassador Crocker's testimony: it looks like one of the intended effects of the Iraqi army attack on Basra was to further separate or eliminate the Mahdi Army splinter groups that had left Sadr's control.

But the actual effect was to drive the splinter groups back together with the main Mahdi contingent.

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