Iraq Prepares for Baghdad Exodus

BBC Reporter Clive Myrie writes: "The authorities in Baghdad say they are preparing for an exodus of thousands of people from eastern parts of the city. The government has warned of an imminent push to clear the areas of members of the Mehdi Army, loyal to the anti-American cleric, Moqtada Sadr."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050708D.shtml

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Iraqi government prepares for 'big push' into Shiite enclave

"Iraqi and US military preparations are underway to move into Sadr City," Asma al-Musawi, a member of al-Sadr Bloc, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

//tinyurl.com/3wr46x



Baghdad's Coming Refugee Crisis

U.S.-back Iraqi forces are gearing up for a new push deeper into Sadr City that could worsen fighting and displace hundreds, a government spokesman in Baghdad said. "There will be a big offensive soon," said Iraqi government spokesman Tahseen al-Sheikhly.

//www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1738431,00.html



Thousands Of Iraqi Troops Flood Into Sadr City

Thousands of Iraqi troops moved unchallenged into Baghdad's Sadr City Tuesday to seize the Shiite militia stronghold, in the largest attempt yet by the government to impose control, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

//tinyurl.com/4dclcq



Sadrists: Iraqi Military Breaking Ceasefire

We are demanding normal rights of citizenship in Al-Sadr City, and this is what many Iraqis want in other governorates as well.

//tinyurl.com/4x9eo5


From Information Clearing House

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Relief Urged for Sadr City; Reports of a Pending Assault
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/08/8796/



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