Tales from Basra | Liberals Against Terrorism: People who have been paying attention more or less knew this already, but Steven Vincent is reporting that the streets of Basra remain controlled by shadowy religious parties:
Sitting in the plastic chair beneath the harsh fluorescent lights, watching teary-eyed men smoke cigarettes and sip their tea, I wondered about these unnamed people in Basra who 'chose to take life so cheaply'--often in the name of the Iraqi people, sanctioned by their own idea of religious virtue, purity and divine retribution. They rule the streets of Basra now. Everyone is afraid of them, including me. But more on this topic, I cannot say.