"Sadr Loyalist: ‘We Will Present A Lawsuit To The Federal Court’ If U.S. Troops Stay In Iraq"
The Washington Post reports today that extremists in Iraq are stepping up attacks ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline for all U.S. military forces to withdraw. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, and other top Iraqi officials met to discuss whether to ask American officials for a continued U.S. presence beyond the deadline, but “it could be weeks, if not months, before any formal request would be made to the White House.” Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his loyalists are adamantly opposed to U.S. troops staying beyond the deadline. “We think that the extension of the U.S. in Iraqi is a red line,” said Sadr loyalist Salah Alubadi. “If this happens, we will present a lawsuit to the federal court.”