Moqtada Sadrs right hand man in Basra killed.

Joint Iraqi & British operation takes out the leader of the Mehdi Army in Basra. Heard it on Channel 4 news but could only find a rather obscure link to back it up.

"Friday, May 25, 2007 (Baghdad)
The leader of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia in the southern Iraqi city of Basra was killed on Friday in a gunbattle with British soldiers, Iraqi police said.

Wissam al-Waili, 23, also known as Abu Qadir, was shot and killed along with his brother and two aides during the battle Friday afternoon, police said.

The Mahdi Army of radical Shiite Muqtada al-Sadr is fiercely opposed to the presence of US and British troops in Iraq."
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So much for not dealing with the problem at source... 8)

Strangly quiet as far as the media goes though, be 'interesting' (and i use the term taking into accout those at risk at the front) to see the mood on the streets tomorrow.
So what really happened ?

Another murdering sectarian strong man bites the dust. (Hoorah)
Another Iraqi nationalist bites the dust. (OK)
Another obstacle to Iranian dominance is removed by unwitting foreigners. (Oh dear)

Which of the above is true - unfortunately all of them. Sometimes things aren't as simple as they first seem.

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