A day after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced to end nearly four months in hiding and demand U.S. troops leave Iraq, American forces raided his Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes Saturday.
U.S. and Iraqi forces called in the air strikes after a raid in which they captured a –suspected terrorist cell leader,” the U.S. military said in statement.
The statement claimed the captured man was –the suspected leader in a secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.”
If Sadr resurfaced in order to regain some political standing and keep control of his splintering militia, things aren’t going terribly well for him in days one and two. Hopefully, the trend will continue and he’ll end up looking worse than he did when he was hiding in Iran. Or he’ll end up pushing up daisies.