Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Militas agree to disarm

The story can be found here.

Iraq's interim government yesterday announced an agreement with nine political parties to disarm their militias and integrate their fighters into the national army or civilian life.
The plan would apply to 100,000 armed fighters, three-fourths of them Kurdish soldiers known as "peshmerga" and based mainly in the north.
The agreement was rejected by Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Mahdi's Army of at least 10,000, has been battling U.S. troops in Baghdad and in predominantly Shi'ite cities since April.
The demobilization agreement was accepted by Kurdish leaders, as well as the Iraqi National Congress. Both control militias that fought alongside the U.S.-led coalition against Saddam Hussein's army during last year's invasion.
"The completion of these negotiations and issuance of this order is a watershed in establishing the rule of law," said newly appointed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who leads the transitional government.

This is good news. The U.S. has been trying to get this to happen for months now but, some of the militas didn't trust us.

The milita members can either join the Iraqi Army or go into civilian life. Those memeber who refuse to lay down arms will be considered illegal armed forces.

Sheik al-Sadrs group was not part of this agreement.

For those who think it's too early to turn over control of Iraq, this is proof the the Interim Government is doing a good job of it. Of course, there are going to be some tough spots, I'm sure not everything went rosy when the U.S. was in it's infancy, but, these people are working towards the betterment of Iraq as a whole.

As for al-Sadr, a lot of the Shite leaders are angry at him and the people are going to start turning on him as more reports come out about him, and these reports are from Iraqis not the U.S.

He has purposely shot at Mosques and just this past weekend a mosque was destroyed where he stored ammunition. It won't be long before the people have had enough of him and his "army".

Give it time folks, it will work out and know, we did the right thing.