Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen


Tuesday, April 27, 2004  

"Iranian clerics have warned the US that a military assault on two holy cities in Iraq would unleash the wrath of Shia Muslims. Their warning was echoed by President Mohammed Khatami, who said it would be 'suicide' for the coalition to attack Najaf and Kerbala, still encircled by US forces."

And away we go....

CNN.com - Coalition issues Najaf ultimatum - Apr 26, 2004: "Top coalition officials Monday issued an ultimatum to Iraqi insurgents in Najaf, warning them to immediately remove stockpiles of weapons from holy sites or face military action.
'Weapons are being stockpiled in mosques, shrines, and schools. This explosive situation cannot be tolerated by those who seek a peaceful resolution to this crisis,' Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said.
About 2,500 U.S. troops are poised outside the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf, where an uprising led by anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr began three weeks ago.
U.S. helicopter gunships attacked Mehdi Army positions in the Najaf area in an effort to contain those forces Monday, a Coalition Provisional Authority source in Baghdad said."

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