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Open Season On Spice Girls

Perhaps it is hard to tell who your friends and enemies are on the ground in Iraq, but I think anyone associated with Muqtada al-Sadr should probably have a target on their back.

BASRA, Iraq - A senior aide of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told worshipers during a Friday sermon in southern Iraq that anyone capturing a female British soldier can keep her as a slave.

The aide, Sheik Abdul-Sattar al-Bahadli, also called on supporters to launch jihad, or holy war, against British troops in this southern city.

Al-Bahadli kept an assault rifle next to him as he spoke to an estimated 3,000 worshippers, occasionally lifting it as he screamed "jihad!," and "Allahu Akbar!," or "God is greatest!"

Al-Bahadli said 250,000 dinars - about $350 - will be given to anyone capturing a British soldier and 100,000 dinars - or $150 - to anyone killing one.

3,000 worshippers? I thought there was growing Shiite anger over al-Sadr?

Perhaps not...

Update: Coalition forces must have got the message.


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