Tuesday, May 04, 2004
It looks as if the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division is on the move. Apparently, they bagged a bunch of al-Sadr people in Karbala. FOX News channel reports a significant operation involving Bradleys, Abrams tanks, Apache attack helicopters, and the SPECTRE airborne gunship (a pimped up version of the C-130 with a Vulcan gun and a 105mm cannon sticking out the side).
Fighting continues as we go to press.
It looks as if al-Sadr was attempting to expand his influence to the holy city of Karbala. In so doing, he stepped on the toes of Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani. It is my guess that we are doing Sistani's dirty work for him in this regard. Soon, al-Sadr will be isolated in An-Najaf. For his part, Sistani wants nothing to get in the way of a Shi'a majority Iraqi state. He is using us, not the other way around.
Meantime, First Marine Division continues to maneuver closer to the Golan neighborhood of Fallujah right now, where between 700 and 900 jihadists are holed up. For now, expect no action except probes and sniper duels until al-Sadr is put out of commission.