"BAGHDAD - At least 55 people have died in two days of fighting between Shiite
militias and U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad and the southern oil hub of Basra,
officials said Wednesday. Some 300 people were reported wounded in the
clashes, which present the gravest challenge to the Iraqi government in months."
Here's a bit that I don't think the Daily Show could have written up any better:
"Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has taken charge of the effort to rid Basra of
militias, including some which have ties to nearby Iran. Al-Maliki, who is in
Basra to oversee the military operation, said fighters would be spared if they
surrendered within 72 hours."
Right, that'll work. That's sorta like Hillary offering Obama the VP slot when he's ahead...and crazy.