In big concession, militia agrees to let Iraqi troops into Sadr City
BAGHDAD — Followers of rebel cleric Muqtada al Sadr agreed late Friday to allow Iraqi security forces to enter all of Baghdad's Sadr City and to arrest anyone found with heavy weapons in a surprising capitulation that seemed likely to be hailed as a major victory for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.Actually, Maliki's success is only a startling turnaround from the point of view of the Maim Scream Media™. Maybe the McClatchy organization is referring to their own startlement, since their grudging recognition of the obvious is the real turnaround... a big concession.
...It also would be a startling turnaround in fortunes for Maliki, who'd been widely criticized for picking a fight with Sadr's forces, first in the southern port city of Basra and then in Sadr City.
There was plenty of information in late March that the "Tet" meme was utter BS. See: Tet redux? Eventually the story line must become aligned with reality.
As to being a "big concession," it is a significant political victory for Maliki. For Sadr, given the continued maceration of his forces, it's more preservation than concession.
Frank "it's Tet" Rich could not be reached for comment.
Update: 6:29PM, Sadrist bloc buckles, agrees to let Iraqi Army in Sadr City