Iraq Government Moves To Assert Control

The Iraq government continues its efforts to assert control over areas of southern Iraq by moving its forces into the city of Amara. The conflict between the cleric al-Sadr and the Maliki government at some point may become more violent, but for the present the Muslim cleric is biding his time before revealing what his future endeavor to gain control will entail. Iraq troops found large caches of weapons, which allegedly came from Iranian sources, but no one has been able to provide proof.

Iraq may well be witnessing a shift in tactics by al-Sadr who may decide the political arena will be the focus of his future course of action. Bush administration officials interpret the current lowering of violence as evidence of success of the surge. However, suicide bombers continue to function, and al-Qaida may well be revamping its tactics.