Iraq’s government has extended by 10 days a deadline for Shia militiamen fighting troops in Basra to hand over their weapons in return for money.
More than 130 people have been killed and 350 injured since a clampdown on militias began in Basra on Tuesday.
US-led forces joined the battle for the first time overnight, bombing Shia positions, the UK military said.
Aid agencies say the violence upsurge had made Iraq’s already poor humanitarian situation “critical”.
We’re going to pay them for their guns? Even if the insurgents fell for it, what prevents them from going out and buying … more guns with the money!?
Can you tell these idiots were installed by the Bush administration?