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An American raid and airstrike killed 32 people in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City today, in what American military officials described as the latest assault on a network linking Iraqi militants with money and deadly roadside bombs from Iran.But Shi'ite militias are the armed wings of the Shi'ite blocs in the Iraqi parliament. The Shi'ite blocs in the Iraqi parliament are the fickle power base of supposed American ally, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. And Nouri al-Maliki is "on a trip to Iran . . . for discussions about security." Interestingly:
Colonel Garver said military intelligence indicated that at least one of the initial targets of today’s raid — 12 of whom were detained — acted as a “proxy between” the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or Quds Force, and the Shiite Iraqi militias responsible for killing American troops with lethal roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators or E.F.P.s.There are many ways to read this, but all of them point to the underlying fact that the American military does not, in fact, know whom it is fighting or whom it just killed.