"Clashes erupted between rival Shiite groups across the Shiite-dominated south Wednesday, threatening Iraq with yet another crisis at a time when politicians are struggling to end a constitutional stalemate with Sunni Arabs.
The confrontation in at least five southern cities - involving a radical Shiite leader who led two uprisings against U.S. forces last year - followed the boldest assault by Sunni insurgents in weeks in the capital.
Dozens of insurgents wearing black uniforms and masks attacked Iraqi police in western Baghdad with multiple car bombs and small-arms fire that killed at least 13 people and wounded 43, police said.
Trouble in the south began when supporters of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tried to reopen his office in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, which was closed after the end of fighting there last year.
When Shiites opposed to al-Sadr tried to block the move, fights broke out. Four people were killed, 20 were injured and al-Sadr's office was set on fire, police said.
That enraged al-Sadr's followers, who blamed the country's biggest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI."Clashes Erupt Between Iraq Shiite Groups
August 24, 2005Below are three 'Intelligence' reports (in Arabic) on SCIRI's dominance attempts in Najjaf and the South of Iraq in the past few months that we have held for a few days awaiting the confirmation of their real source and authenticity. However, in the light of what is explosively happening, we now do post them, nonetheless, for their relevance.
1 - AlHakim buys properties in Najjaf
2 - AlHakim setting up brigades to attack
3 - AlHakim's Badr Brigades targeting opponents (click bottom right icon to enlarge)
According with (3) above, a vicious attack upon Salamn Pak (in Arabic) commenced on Monday, August 22, 2005.Once Sadr's Shia'a merge with the Iraqi Resistance, then one would expect a popular uprising. Large demonstrations have been called for on Friday, August 26, 2005.An Update:By Thursday (August 25, 2005) morning, SCIRI offices have been demolished in the southern cities of Basra (pictures)
(in Arabic), Amara, Samawa and Nassiriya; in addition to those already destroyed in Najjaf, Karbala and in Sadr City in Baghdad on Wednesday. By Saryrday, August 27, 2005, a total of 48 SCIRI offices (in Arabic) have been destroyed.
ء"هذه أول مرة أكتب عن مدينتي وكنت أتمنى أن أتحدث عن وجه العزيزة كربلاء الثقافي والاجتماعي والتاريخي، وعن الشخصية الكربلائية وماتحمله من صفات صوفية رقيقة وأعتداد بالذات، ولكن ما وصلني من معلومات خطيرة عن التغلل الايراني أجبرني أن أغير خطتي وانقل للرأي العام ما يجري في كربلاء كنموذج يتكرر في كافة المدن الشيعية."ء
August 23, 2005