Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative


Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative – The Long War Journal

Bill Roggio over at The Long War Journal reports that the Iraq police killed one of the bad guys.  Well done to them.  Story here.

Iraqi police killed a senior member of the Mahdi Army during a raid in Diwaniyah province, sparking a protest from the Sadrist movement. Twenty other ” Sadr loyalists” were detained in other raids in the province, according to a Sadrist spokesman.

Mahdi Army commander Tariq Azab was killed in a shootout after police attempted to arrest him, AFP reported. “He tried to escape, which prompted armed clashes and he was killed,” a police official told the news agency. The police official described Azab as an “important” leader of the Mahdi Army who had just returned from Iran.