"Montana al-Sadri"? "Nora al-Malice"? Reuters on brink of firing copy editors...
Reuters just put out a wire report with the title "Iraq on brink of becoming failed state: report" that is based on a study by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. But one has to be a little skeptical of the report's accuracy if they mispell names such as "Montana al-Sadri" (...for Muqtada al-Sadr), "Medic Army militia" (...for Mahdi Army militia) and "Nora al-Malice" (...for Nouri al-Maliki) that have often been in the news recently...
In a report on Monday, the Pentagon said the Medic Army militia of radical Shiite cleric Montana al-Sadri had replaced al Qaeda as the "most dangerous accelerant of potentially self- sustaining sectarian violence in Iraq."
While the statement came as little surprise to many Iraqis, especially minority Sunnis, it was the bluntest statement yet by the Pentagon on the militia. U.S. commanders in Iraq have previously been reluctant to blame the Medic Army by name.
The U.S. and Iraqi military have also avoided large-scale strikes on his Sadri City stronghold, although they have staged raids to seize suspected Medic Army death squad leaders.
Shiite Prime Minister Nora al-Malice, who owes his position to Sad's support, has vowed to dismantle the militias but has done little so far to rein them in. The Pentagon report said the Medic Army exerted "significant influence" over the government.
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