Sunday, April 13, 2008

Iraq Dismisses 1,300 Soldiers, Police For Desertion

Frakkin' cowards.

BAGHDAD - Iraq's government moved Sunday to restore discipline within the ranks of the security forces, sacking more than 1,300 soldiers and policemen who deserted during recent fighting against Shiite militias in Basra.

At the same time, Iraq's Cabinet ratcheted up the pressure on anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr by approving draft legislation barring political parties with militias from participating in upcoming provincial elections.

Al-Sadr, who heads the country's biggest militia, the Mahdi Army, has been under intense pressure from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, also a Shiite, to disband the Mahdi Army or face political isolation. (H/T - Yahoo!)

Good for them. These are the kinds of bold moves that the Iraqi government needs to make in order to be taken seriously.

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