Just over five years after we first heard this line, the laughable irony of this scene
from in Sadr City after al Sadr's loaded olive branch makes one's head hurt:
Followers of Mr Sadr handed out sweets as a symbol of victory in his main stronghold of Sadr City, though hours later, rockets were still being fired towards the government and American headquarters in the Green Zone. The US military was shocked at the speed with which the crisis span out of control. Boasts about the ability of the Iraqi army to cope on its own are demonstrably untrue.
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