From Missing Links
PR gains expected from “lightening attacks”; Americans in the dark
Al-Hayat this morning says Iraqi politicians and officers have said there are secret clauses in the Bush “new strategy” that talk about cooperation [between the Bush and Maliki administrations] in attacks on “extremist leadership”, both Shiite and Sunni, and [these sources have also said that] this starts with lightening (khatifa) operations [that will have] media reveberations that will assist in giving impetus to the American administration in its “second battle” of the occupation of Baghdad.
By way of elaboration, this is followed by a quote from an AFP item, and then remarks on the Iranian-diplomats affair.
Here is the AFP quote:
[AFP quoted] a high American military official who said on Thursday evening that the American forces can target extremist leadership in Baghdad as part of the new plan which the Iraqi government has agreed to by lifting restrictions that have up to now prevented the Americans from attacking certain of the extremist leadership.
And the journalist continues: “Observers don’t rule out the idea that the American forces might use the attack on the Iranian consulate in Irbil as a a model for lightening (khatifa) operations against military leaders in the Mahdi Army or [against] certain of the former officers who are believed to be running armed operations from their homes in Sunni strongholds in Baghdad.”
What the Al-Hayat reporter is telling us is that there appears to be an undisclosed agreement between Bush and Maliki that will permit the US forces to attack (and presumably kill) both Sadrist and former-regime military leaders, and that this is seen as something is supposed to have media reverberations so as to provide PR impetus for the US second battle of Baghdad.
Read it here.