And the trouble is for Sadr. It looks like we are showing the Sadr militia we've run out of patience. Iraq the Model reports:
Looks like there's something big going on in Baghdad to night.
Flares are filling the skies and fighter jets are striking targets in the city.
In the last 30 minutes I could see several aircrafts launching missiles and within seconds explosions would follow.
I will try to keep you updated once I learn more about this.
No further explosions can be heard now but the jets of the US airforce still maintain heavy presence over the east, northeast parts of the city.
Air activity has faded...seems that what happened in the past hour was likely a limited operation in sectors of Baghdad in and around Sadr city.
What I still can't figure out is the thing with flares. Flares usually indicate that ground forces are involved but so far there have been no reports on ground action.
Hat tip: Flares Into Darkness
And AP reports:
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. troops on Monday raided the offices of a television station affiliated with a major Shiite party represented in Prime Minister Nouri al—Maliki's government, the station's deputy editor said.
Haidar Kadhim said the troops arrived at al—Furat television complex in the central Baghdad's Karadah neighbourhood at about 9:30 p.m. and were still there when he spoke to The Associated Press 90 minutes later.
The troops disarmed the station's 40 guards, but allowed the management and editorial teams to continue to work undisturbed. They did not search the offices.
Al—Furat staff work out of five neighbouring buildings and the American troops only used force to gain entry into one of them, a one—storey structure housing the station's studios, according to Kadhim.
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