At least if it is Iraq's, they can't complain about Americans desecrating their holy sites.
I'm sure there will be noise about American puppets etc.
But they need to be gotten out of there, and it's better if local troops can do it by far. Hoping it goes well and soon.
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Sadr's fighters are taking shelter in Najaf's Imam Ali shrine, hoping their opponents will not dare to attack one of the holiest sites for Iraq's majority Shi'ites. But Defence Minister Hazim al-Shaalan said an assault was imminent.
"They have a chance. In the next few hours they have to surrender themselves and their weapons," Shaalan said in the city after meeting local officials.
"We are in the process of completing all our military preparations... We will teach them a lesson they will never forget," he said.
American marines and soldiers have been doing the bulk of the fighting in Najaf, but Shaalan said Iraqi forces had been training to storm the shrine complex and could complete such an operation within hours.
"It will be Iraqis who enter the shrine... there will be no American role in this, except giving air protection and protecting some roads leading to the shrine. But the entry (of the shrine) will be 100 percent Iraqi," Shaalan told Al Arabiya, a pan-Arab television channel, in Najaf.