Dating violence casualties newspaper articles
Such may prove to be the case in Iraq as well, at least as far as Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army are concerned.
If so, in view of the situations in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon and the almost certain failure of the Tea Lady's Annapolis initiative, 2008 may see the Islamic world in flames from the Himalayas to the Mediterranean.
Lind On War #241 November 26, 2007 In the Foxs Lair William S.
Lind One reason parts of Iraq have quieted down, at least for a while, has received widespread attention: the Sunni split from al-Qaeda.
Telling their allied Shiite militias in Iraq to cool it would be part of that, as would reducing the flow of Iranian arms to Iraqi insurgents and improving cooperation with the international community on the nuclear issue.
We see evidence of the latter two actions as well as the first.
The title is slightly and unintentionally misleading.
The study reflects just one kind of homegrown 4GW threat, the Islamic variety.
We now appear to be doing the same; at least the papers here no longer report daily raids and air strikes on Shiite areas. But it does not explain the Mahdi Army's quiescence. Fighting the Americans is more likely to strengthen than weaken his hold on his own movement. The Sunday, November 18 New York Times made passing mention of a possible clue. If that is true, it bumps the same question up a level.
But even “normal” ageing can cause cognitive change.