That is, they have declared jihad. But as all the American Muslim advocacy groups will tell you, that is just a struggle to better oneself. How nice that the Shi’ites are interested in self-improvement. From SkyNews, with thanks to DC Watson:
Militiamen loyal to Shi’ite Muslim radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr have declared holy war against British forces based in Iraq’s main southern city of Basra.
The declaration came after four of their comrades were arrested.
“We will wage jihad and war against the foreign troops, not against police and Iraqi forces,” said Sheikh Saad al-Basri, al-Sadr’s representative in the largely Shi’ite city.
“However, if Iraqi personnel fight on the side of the occupiers, we will strike them harshly.”