) The SIIC governor in Muthanna province has been killed by a motorcycle bomb. This is a huge deal within the Mahdi/SIIC intraShia war coming about a week after the SIIC/Badr governor of Diwaniyah was killed about two weeks ago.
To me, the question in these bombings is whether they are discreetly targeted to remove these two leaders or whether they are intended (as "terrorist acts") to draw the SIIC into an open direct conflict with the Mahdi. My guess is the latter.
) British General hints at Iraq pullout.
) Maj. Gen. Lynch, in charge of US operations just south of Baghdad, says the Iranians are running militia training camps there, although, "Lynch said that no Iranians have been captured in his area of command and that U.S. troops have never found any illegal weapons in two months of patrolling 125 miles of the Iran-Iraq border." (But print it as fact anyway, WaPo
) Military spokeswoman Maj. Alayne Conway on the Iranian weapons in Iraq, "Just because we're not finding them doesn't mean they're not there."
) Meanwhile Ahmadinejad is being invited into Iraq to meet with the Shia government.
) "Lebanon's Hizbollah has trained Shia fighters from Iraq in advanced guerrilla warfare tactics, according to Mehdi army militants...."
) The Army is cutting short training to get soldiers into Iraq.
) The Iranians are shelling Iraqi Kurdish villages.
) The Kurds claim to have brought down an Iranian helicopter inside Iraq.And
, it's a sad day for Iraq watchers. Iraqslogger has decided to turn itself into a pay site on Sept. 1
. From their point of view, I understand, but I gotta say, less available information will not help.