Monday, April 05, 2004


Things go from bad to worse in Iraq. Over the weekend, a Shia uprising in three cities -- Baghdad, Najaf, and Amarah -- has left at least 34 people killed, including nine coalition soldiers, along with 210 Iraqis and 24 soldiers wounded.

The revolt was initally sparked by the closure of the Shi'ite paper Al Hawza, and is being lead by Moktada al-Sadr, a 31 year-old radical cleric.

Juan Cole has a variety of posts on these events, so check in with him for a close reading of the situation.