A few days ago we get this:
And why, because:
It quoted an unnamed senior U.S .military source saying: "Three big militias are currently engaged in a particularly bloody battle in southern Iraq.
And the U.S.
"If they do not have enough troops, then they will be offered U.S .Marines to help out.
"The feeling is that if southern Iraq is hugely unstable, it will affect the success of the surge in the north and destabilize the whole country."
Today we get this:
Heavy fighting erupted on Tuesday in the southern oil city of Basra where Iraqi security forces launched a major operation at dawn against powerful militias, military officials and witnesses said.
"There are clashes in the streets. Bullets are coming from everywhere and we can hear the sound of rocket explosions. This has been going on since dawn," resident Jamil told Reuters by telephone as he cowered in his home.
Who was it that said Iraq is Stable?
Two powerful factions of Iraq's Shi'ite majority, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council and the Mehdi Army militia of Moqtada al-Sadr, are fighting for power in Basra along with a smaller Shi'ite party, Fadhila.
Basra is Iraq's second city and gateway to the Gulf. Its oil fields are the source of most government revenues.
Will these unstable questionable alliances be starting to break down?
And can the Iraq Governments?? forces gain control or stalemate or join the fighting factions?
Holloway said Iraqi troops had been sent from across Iraq to reinforce the 14th Iraqi Army division in Basra.
Where will this leave the rest of the country?