U.S. and Iran: Basra Team-Up?

The U.S. now finds itself on the same "team" with the Iranian government.
//tinyurl.com/2nnkn4



Iraq implodes as Shia fights Shia

Mr Sadr's followers believe the government is trying to eliminate them before elections in southern Iraq later this year, which they are expected to win.

//tinyurl.com/2pbn5t



US Bombs Basra

U.S. forces intervened in the battle in the southern city of Basra by dropping two bombs on militia positions overnight.

//tinyurl.com/ysrcah



U.S. Troops Engage In Sadr City Offensive

The clashes Thursday indicate U.S. forces were drawn more deeply into a broad offensive Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki undertook in the southern city of Basra earlier against rouge militias, The Washington Post reported Friday.

//www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_212138764.shtml



From his office in clouded cuckoo land: Bush: Iraq is returning to normal

President Bush, saying that "normalcy is returning back to Iraq," argued Thursday that last year's U.S. troop "surge" has improved Iraq's security to the point where political and economic progress are blossoming as well.

//www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/31825.html



Baghdad Trembles as Basra Bleeds

Against the dull thud-boom of rocket hits and ascending plumes of black smoke, Baghdad's fortified Green Zone rumbled with running soldiers and intermittent cries of "duck and take cover!"

//www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1726055,00.html?xid=rss-world



Mortars Strike U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

ABC News video.
//tinyurl.com/ywl6ob


From Information Clearing House

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Fighting Spreads Across Iraq

The Washington Post's Sholnn Freeman reports: "American aircraft struck militia targets in Basra on Friday, the first time that airpower has been called in to aid a faltering ground offensive there against armed groups that operate outside government control."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032908A.shtml

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Basra Assault Exposes Fraud of "National Reconciliation" in Iraq
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/29/7959/

The Lessons of Basra
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/31/7996/



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