This cartoon was originally posted on August 27, 2006 and is one of over 400 illustrations you'll find in our new book Black & White World III, which can be ordered via Cox & Forkum, The Steyn Store, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.
Iraq's prime minister has told Shiite militiamen to surrender their arms or face an all-out assault by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, senior Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as President Bush said he will commit an additional 21,500 American combat troops to the war.
Under pressure from the U.S., Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to crack down on fighters controlled by his most powerful political ally, Muqtada al-Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric, according to officials. Previously, al-Maliki had resisted the move.
"Prime Minister al-Maliki has told everyone that there will be no escape from attack," said a senior Shiite legislator and close al-Maliki adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak for the prime minister. "The government has told the Sadrists: 'If we want to build a state we have no other choice but to attack armed groups.'"
In his address to the nation Wednesday evening — exerpts of which were released in advance by the White House — the president said al-Maliki had promised that U.S. forces would have a free hand and that "political or sectarian interference will not be tolerated."
Following through on this is another matter entirely. We'll see.
Posted by Forkum at January 10, 2007 07:45 PM