On Friday's Morning Edition:
- Dina Temple-Raston says to Renee Montagne, "technically what he's [al-Maliki] taking on, and this is what the American line has been too, is they're taking on rogue elements of that army, because technically there's a cease fire...so what they're saying here is that the fighting is just among these rogue elements who were trained in Iran and aren't listening to Muqtada al-Sadr."
On the hourly reports on Friday afternoon:
- (Early afternoon, Jack Spear): "the US has been increasingly sucked in" to the fighting.
- (Later in the evening) Jack Spear says, "the Iraqi Government offensive...is stalled...but as NPR's Anne Garrels reports, the US may now have to assure its success." (Garrels comes on) "...but now that the Iraqi forces have started the offensive US officials can not afford to let them fail."