As violence continues to escalate in Iraq, US president George W Bush has said he will consult his generals on changing tactics in the war-torn country. In the eastern city of Amara, violence between Shi’ite militias and police forces has killed more than a dozen people and injured at least 90 in the past 24 hours.
It remains unclear who controls the city. Reports that al Mahdi Army gunmen had taken over were dismissed as “exaggerated” by a government envoy. The British army which handed control of the city back to the Iraqis in August has said it is ready to re-deploy should that be necessary. The move by the Mahdi Army, which stormed several police stations on Friday morning, is one of the most audacious acts of violence yet by the country’s powerful militias.