Filed under: Middle East
The Quds press agency (UK) announced on April 2 that more than 4,000 members of Al-Mahdi Army joined the Iraqi police and regular forces even before the implementation of the much publicized security plan for Baghdad (which is running for almost two months now). The South of the capital is dominated by the Al Mahdi Army of Shiia cleric Muqtada Al Sadr.
The plan of Al Sadr seems to be that of deliberately sabotaging the work of the Iraqi police and security forces by all necessary means. Since the Mahdi militia members joined the national forces the violence escalated in Baghdad.