This’ll Help a Ton

Yes, getting Moqtada al Sadr good and pissed off will really help calm things in Baghdad …

US forces expected to target Sunni, Shiite extremist leaders: official
Fri Jan 12, 9:49 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US forces are likely to deliberately target both Shiite and Sunni extremist leaders under a new no holds barred policy for Baghdad agreed to by the Iraqi government, a senior US military official said.

The official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the Iraqis had agreed to lift restrictions that in the past have prevented US forces from deliberately targeting certain extremist leaders.

“One way to erode their military capability is get to at their leadership,” said the official, referring to sectarian militias and death squads. “So, yes, I expect extremist leaders on both sides of the equation to be targeted.”

The official said the Iraqis also have agreed to lift restrictions on US military operations in Sadr City, the Baghdad stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr.

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