In Iran, but I shall return
Khaleej Times Online:
Radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr is in Iran but will be back in Iraq soon, an aide to Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki said Thursday, confirming a disputed claim by the US military.
“According to my information he is in Iran on a short visit,” said Sami Al Askari, a member of parliament and a political adviser to Maliki. “He has visited Iran many times. It is normal.”
Sadr’s supporters had denied a statement by the US military in Iraq that the hardline Shia leader has been in Tehran since some time last month.
Yesterday it was deny deny deny that everyones favorite firebrand cleric was in ol’ Persia. Today it’s along the lines of “This is a scheduled and temporary visit. Nothing to see.”
Sadr’s own aides still deny that he’s in Iran at all, though.
For what it’s worth, the fact that Sadr’s apparently been driven into Iran is a HUGE development. As noted in The “Surge”: Still Already Working last month, Sadr was complaining to an Italian newspaper that he was being targeted. Apparently the heat was a bit much.
Murdoc’s recommendation to Sadr: Don’t hide in Iranian nuclear facilities.