Iron fist to tackle Basra woes

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PartTimePongo, May 31, 2006.

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    Dawa party? What are its ideals?

    [irony]Now we can relax, Iraqi democracy is in reliable hands. Apparently mr.Bush has found a leader of its own type.[/irony]

    As for an 'iron fist'...

  3. June!?!?
  4. The standard of BBC journalism is getting pretty poor. They reported the last two poor chaps as coming from The Queens Guards and the Queens Light Infantry.

    As to the Iron Fist, perhaps they have been looking at the shoulder flash of the Brigade currently in Basra.
  5. Perhaps it's the only language the insurgents (and the religous groups vying for pressure) speak?? :?
  6. The previous ruler of Iraq used an “iron fist” against those who threatened the security of the state.

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
  7. Maliki, a member of the Dawa party seems to think that 'criminal gangs' aka the Fadhila party are in charge of Basra - so the iron fist, suprising given whats going on in certain sections of Baghdad. Also rather strange imho that it hasn't been mentioned that the Dawa party and Fadhila are arguing over the ministry of Petroleum and the Governor of Basra has been trying for ages to get rid of his Dawa appointed chief of police.

    I think I agree with Al Sharq when one its writers said that 'the Brits are in the centre of a power struggle with rival shiite factions trying to assert control' [in Basra.]
  8. The governor is the single biggest obstacle to progress in Basra, one American advisor met him and found himself thinking 'I have a gun, I can end this nightmare!' He has used police units to settle political scores with his opponents. The CoP Basra is alright as far as Iraq goes, I suspect he is fed up with Wa'ili's interference and subversion of the official channels when tasking the IPS.

    "Any man who followed this officer into battle, would only do so out of a morbid sense of curiosity."
  9. Also bear in mind that the Governor is a Fadilah party member and Fadilah are unlikely to be happy at losing control of the oil ministry.