More heat on Sadr

U.S. troops raid al-Sadr’s Baghdad stronghold

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.

Comments

  1. Uh, I hope you meant ‘more heat’. The title of this post seems like it would be more comfortable with Bill Clinton in there, or perhaps Samuel Adams, than Mookie…

  2. I personally think it is probably better to have a living poor leader (one who has no-ones respect) rather than kill him, as you can never tell if someone better will come along and take his place just as quickly as his death is reported.

  3. Sounds like he just kidnapped 4 Brits. If we had any balls, Sadr would be in a cell right now with a gun to his temple. If the Brits show up dead – so does Sadr. If they are released unharmed, we kill him later.