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Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

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Posted on Feb 14, 2007
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An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.

The head of al-Sadr’s coalition in parliament confirmed that he remains in Iraq, but reports from other representatives suggest there is cause for concern over his safety. A disinformation campaign regarding the cleric’s whereabouts could be responsible for the Iran rumor, and he is said to sleep in a different bed every night.


AP:

Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr said Wednesday that the radical Shiite cleric was still in
Iraq, denying a report that he fled to Iran ahead of a security crackdown targeting his militia.

An Iraqi government official said al-Sadr was in the Shiite holy city of Najaf Tuesday night, when he received delegates from several government departments. The official, who is familiar with one of those meetings, spoke on condition of anonymity because he has no authority to disclose information on his department’s activities.

The denials came after a senior U.S. official said Tuesday that al-Sadr left his Baghdad stronghold some weeks ago and is believed to be in Tehran, where he has family.

The official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. monitoring activities, said fractures in al-Sadr’s political and militia operations may be part of the reason for his departure. The move is not believed to be permanent, the official said.

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By Moe Hare, February 16, 2007 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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al-Sadr doesn’t want to be disturbed, he’s busy making a deal with the CIA.

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By Bukko in Australia, February 16, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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What? He wouldn’t stand still in one place so he could be “accidentally” killed in a “security operation”? The dastardly bounder! How dare he?!? Doesn’t he know the Americans always get the bad guy in the movies? What’s that you say? This isn’t a movie—it’s real life? Obviously you don’t work for the White House or the Pentagon…

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By Terry Sloth, February 14, 2007 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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He’s sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom—war makes strange bedfellows.

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By Farakon, February 14, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Have you ever seen a photo of this guy where he doesn’t look all pissed off?

Either only the angry photos get through the censors or this is one angry dude.

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By mark, February 14, 2007 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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The unnamed official only had half the story, Al Sadr did leave Iraq but not for Iran. Al Sadr and his armed posse boarded El Al 007 for Cleveland Ohio, to terrorize Rep. John Boehner.

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By Rodney Matthews, February 14, 2007 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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Al-Sadr was last seen having lunch with Elvis and Bin Laden

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, February 14, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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All due respect to the fine people of Iraq and the Middle East, you people are nuts!!  I recognize you have good reason to be.  I know you will understand if the US finally admits you can’t be saved by anyone but yourselves—which may take another millennium or two—and we go home and take our economic knocks.  My biggest fear is that we’ll become like you if we hang around there much longer.  I’d far rather pay 4 or 5 bucks a gallon for gas; I’ll find ways to offset that.  You folks need to take a long, OBJECTIVE, RATIONAL look at what you’re doing to yourselves and especially your children, consider that life on earth, SINCE THAT’S THE ONE YOU NOW HAVE, may be worth living and making the most and best of.  You can make Iraq a viable, sovereign nation, if you want to.  Put the future of your children ahead of your own selfish, religious, beliefs.  Your children need you to do that.  If you can’t do that, then you should stop bearing children.

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By Chaseme, February 14, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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What f***ing children! Maybe if they had said Osama bin Ladin was in Iran back in 2001, we may have bought into that one.

But, to make claims on this level only make our little children tip the ‘brat scale’ much farther than Paris Hilton had taken it.

Get a life!

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By no one, February 14, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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Moqtada who????????

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….................

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By cadence, February 14, 2007 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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I am skeptical about this report of al Sadr fleeing to Iran.  One, why would he be afraid for his life, anymore now than he has been for the past four years?  He doesn’t strike me as much of a scaredy cat.  And two, the report sounds like spin, trying to create a link between al Sadr and Iran, at a time when the US needs good justification to do a “Fallujah” on Sadr City, as well as justification to broaden the war into Iran.  What better story than to link al Sadr with Iran?  I don’t believe it.

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By Bring the Troops Home!, February 14, 2007 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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