BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq battle after militia arrest
For those of you not aware, the militia here "Sons of Iraq" or "The Awakening" as they are known some places, was an American Program designed to pay insurgents to be an armed neighborhood watch instead of terrorists. So the Iraqi Army was sent to arrest the Leader of said orgainization. Now, they are is a fight between a "Local Militia" funded by the GOI and the Iraqi Army. Things that make you say hmmm...
The gun battle in the Fadil district of the city erupted shortly after the leader of the local Awakening group, Adil Mashadani, was arrested.
One account says US troops helped with the arrest alongside the Iraqi army.
Fadil was run by al-Qaeda in Iraq for most of 2006 and 2007, but they were driven out by the Awakening movement.
Baghdad security spokesman Qassim Moussawi told Reuters news agency: "Iraqi forces arrested Mashadani because they had a judicial warrant. The clashes started because of this."