On April 13th, during a Pentagon briefing, General Odinero said
Kadhimiya, which was one of the worst places, initially, in Baghdad, after the clearing operations, the number of attacks, sectarian murders are way down there.
But to keep it that way, the Mahdi Army presence has to be eliminated whenever they show up.
Militiamen loyal to the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr clashed with American forces in northern Baghdad on Sunday, an Interior Ministry official said, the latest in a series of indications that the militia might be emerging from two months of self-imposed dormancy.
On the orders of Mr. Sadr, the militia, known as the Mahdi Army, has remained largely underground since the intensified security plan for Baghdad took effect in mid-February. But a steady increase in the number of corpses recovered from the streets in recent weeks, and sporadic clashes between Mahdi fighters and government forces, have suggested a possible resurgence of the militia.
Remaining underground and peaceful is fine. Participating in sectarian killings is something else
U.S. troops and fighters from al-Sadr's Mehdi Army clashed outside one of al-Sadr's main offices Sunday.
U.S. commanders said it was a raid led by Iraqi troops and aimed at capturing "high-value individuals."
Insurgents began shooting at U.S. troops as they took up positions around the meeting site in preparation for the raid, the U.S. command in Baghdad reported.
Coalition Forces detained four suspected terrorists Saturday morning during an operation in Sadr City targeting a secret cell network that trains terrorists for operations in Iraq.
Intelligence reports indicated a building in Sadr City housed suspected terrorists. Coalition Forces targeted the building in an overnight raid. During the operation, individuals ran out of the building and into other houses on the block. Coalition Forces followed and detained four individuals.
One individual received minor injuries when Coalition Forces used explosives to breach a door, but the injured man was treated on site.