Workers Vanguard No. 883

5 January 2007




In “Imperialist Occupation: Hell for Iraq” (WV No. 882, 8 December 2006), we described a series of coordinated attacks in Baghdad that claimed the lives of some 215 Shi’ites as carried out “presumably by Sunni militia forces” and also wrote that “the result of the occupation has been an unfolding civil war between Sunni militias and Shi’ite forces, many of them death squads working directly from within the U.S.-backed puppet government.” However, it is the Shi’ites who are openly organized into militias such as Moktada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army and the Badr Organization, while there are also both Sunni and Shi’ite death squads, many of the latter operating directly out of the police as well as the Iraqi military.