Jaysh al-Mahdi

Sadrists Threaten to End Freeze of Jaysh al-Mahdi

Arabic News From Iraq: Sadrists Threaten to End Cease-Fire Agreement

by Nathaniel Rabkin

Sadrist Spokesmen Threaten to End Truce

The six month “freeze” or unilateral stand down of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia announced last August is set to expire this Friday. According to Sadrist spokesman Salah al-Ubaydi, the freeze will end unless Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr publicly announces an extension of it in the coming days. Ubaydi did not indicate whether he considered such an announcement likely or not.

ISW Interview with COL Wayne Grigsby, Commander, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, FOB Hammer, Iraq

As part of a series of interviews with Brigade and Division-level commanders in Iraq,  I spoke today with COL Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 3rd HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division (Sledgehammer Brigade) about the clearing of the Mad’ain Qadaa and the continuing fight against both Sunni and Shi'a extremists. You can access the audio and the transcript below.