Some of the earlier reports of destruction may have been exaggerated, according to the latest from Omar. Zeyad reports on the murky identity of some of the "men in black" now patrolling Iraq's streets. Money quote:

"The Iraqi Rabita website reports an interview with a Mahdi militia leader today, quoted as saying: 'Strange things are happening these days. It's true that our guys often act as a bunch of spiteful, criminal thieves going on sprees of sabotage, murder and plundering. But the people who were running the act were clean young men, elegantly dressed, in modern vehicles, carrying the latest weapons, unlike our guys who are usually unkempt ruffians. No one knows where they are now.'"