There was a lot of coverage of Muqtada al-Sadr’s statement in which he offered the services of the Jaish al-Mahdi to help protect mosques. The translations (see below) while accurate missed the sarcastic tone of the offer.
Many said they blamed foreign fighters or the political wrangling that preceded and followed last month’s inconclusive parliamentary election.
The Day In Quotes:
- Muqtada al-Sadr’s offering to help to protect mosques by the Jaish al-Mahdi
"I am ready to supply hundreds of believers to form brigades within the police forces and army to defend the shrines, the mosques, the faithful, the markets, the houses and the people. This would prevent us having to rely on the occupation forces for protection and enable the Iraqis to live peacefully. The government is free to refuse (our offer) but we are always ready to help,"
- Ali Alaq on al-Sadr’s Offer of help to protect mosques by the Jaish al-Mahdi
"Maybe this offer has a political point of view"
Iraq’s Sadr clarifies stance on militia’s use – latimes.com:
After a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr vowed to dispatch militia members to defend Iraqi mosques in the wake of a series of deadly bombings, a statement from Sadr that was widely distributed Saturday made it clear that the Mahdi Army would be reactivated only if the government accepted the offer.
The comments Friday by cleric Hazem Arraji and a statement attributed to another senior Sadr aide had raised fears that they signaled a return to those terrible days.
KUNA : Islamic Dawa party calls for activating political dialogues between winning
Islamic Dawa Party, led by outgoing Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday called to activate the political dialogues between the winning blocks in response to the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad.
Antiwar.com’s Margaret Griffis lists incidents in which 8 people were killed and 21 wounded.
KUNA : Baghdad Explosions kill 3, wound 19 – Military and Security – 24/04/2010:
Death toll of explosions in Baghdad’s Amil neighbourhood rose to three with 19 injured, Iraqi police sources said.
They sources told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the three explosions happened in a local market in Al-Mekasis area killing three and injuring 19 other Iraqis, mostly youngsters playing billiar or were present at the local popular cafe.
KUNA: Three Iraqi civilians killed, policeman injured in Mosul:
Unknown gunmen opened fire at a policeman who was accompanied by a civilian in Mosul. The shooting killed the civilian and injured the servieman,
Two civilians were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Al-Tanak area in Mosul.
Pakistan embassy in Iraq set to reopen | Peninsula On-line:
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has made several ambassadorial appointments, including one for Iraq, indicating that the Pakistan embassy in Baghdad is going to be reopened.
Shah Jamal, currently posted in Glasgow as consul-general, has been designated as
ambassador to Iraq.
Commentary and Analysis
Test of resilience in Baghdad: Khaleej Times Online
There is something seriously wrong with the security edifice in Iraq. Back to back bomb blasts have become a routine affair, especially in areas that are thickly Shia populated. It hints at a sinister plot to fuel sectarian conflict in a country, which is highly marginalised when it comes to religion and ethnicity.