Standoff with Muqtada continues
The Army of the Mahdi fought a gun battle with US troops at Karbala on Tuesday. ‘ Fighting erupted shortly after midnight when Mehdi Army militiamen loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr fired mortar bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns at U.S. and Bulgarian positions in the town 70 miles southwest of Baghdad. Soldiers returned fire and the exchanges lasted till dawn, the witnesses said. Hospital sources said three gunmen were killed and nine wounded, including three in serious condition. ‘
I still expect a big blow-up if the Americans kill or arrest Muqtada.