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REPORT: IMAM MUKTADA AL SADR ARRESTED
ITAR/TASS-Russian News Wire ^ | April 13, 2004 | wire copy

Posted on 04/13/2004 11:49:42 AM PDT by threat matrix

United States troops arrested radical Shiite Islam leader Imam Mukatada al-Sadr on Tuesday.

The report came from Hazem al-Araj, his closest associate who is the head of the Baghdad bureau 'Mahdi Army' group.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsadr; badnewsfordems; democratssaddened; goodnews; goodnewsforamerica; greatnews; iraq
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1 posted on 04/13/2004 11:49:43 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: threat matrix
We'll see. I sure hope this is true.
2 posted on 04/13/2004 11:50:57 AM PDT by Andyman
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To: threat matrix
Fingers crossed! Although I would have preferred "killed."
3 posted on 04/13/2004 11:51:04 AM PDT by livius
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To: threat matrix
Good news if true. How reliable is TASS?
4 posted on 04/13/2004 11:51:20 AM PDT by eyespysomething (To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target)
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To: threat matrix
Let's hope this is true. It would be very good news indeed.
5 posted on 04/13/2004 11:51:22 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I am trying to stop an outbreak here and you are driving the monkey to the airport!)
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To: threat matrix
But I thought he was willing to die for the cause? No suicide belt? No shootout? All talk and no action?
6 posted on 04/13/2004 11:51:58 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: livius
Hopeful bump
7 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:04 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: threat matrix
Another fearless brave Arab leader follows his own exhortations and fights to the death as an inspiration to others to become glorious martyrs.

Whoops, that isn't what happened. Big mouth became big chicken. Again.

8 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:04 AM PDT by dirtboy (John Kerry - Hillary without the fat ankles and the FBI files...)
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To: threat matrix
If so, then Sadr now sadder than Daschle.
9 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:05 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: threat matrix
TASS? Hmmm.

Bump for later, anyway.

10 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day (FR needs your support... Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Interesting that the Russians say he was in Baghdad.

Was he trying to escape for exile to Iran?

11 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:27 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: threat matrix
Outstanding news if this is true.
12 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:27 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind
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To: threat matrix
United States troops arrested radical Shiite Islam leader Imam Mukatada al-Sadr on Tuesday.

Looks like ol' John Kerry is gonna have to find a new running mate now.

Tsk. And they already had those keen campaign buttons made...

; )

13 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:31 AM PDT by Prime Choice (Leftists claim Bush is a terrorist. So why aren't they trying to appease him?)
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To: threat matrix
If true 'rats will complain this was 'pre-cooked' for the news conference. HAH!
14 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:43 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: threat matrix
It's from the russians, so just this once Lord let it be true!!!!
15 posted on 04/13/2004 11:52:55 AM PDT by Texas Patriot (HOORAA!!)
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To: threat matrix
From earlier today:

"I am ready to sacrifice (myself) and I call on the (Iraqi) people not to allow my death to cause the collapse of the fight for freedom and an end to the occupation,"

Typical muslim chicken-sh!t...
16 posted on 04/13/2004 11:53:06 AM PDT by New Horizon
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To: threat matrix
Dead would be better. Hopefully the IGC arranged this and is flexing it's authority. Maybe this mess has given them more legitimacy in Iraqi eyes.
17 posted on 04/13/2004 11:53:11 AM PDT by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: threat matrix
The report came from Hazem al-Araj, his closest associate who is the head of the Baghdad bureau 'Mahdi Army' group.

We should have gotten this guy as well.

18 posted on 04/13/2004 11:53:39 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: headsonpikes
Bump for update.
19 posted on 04/13/2004 11:54:04 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: threat matrix
United States troops arrested radical Shiite Islam leader Imam Mukatada al-Sadr on Tuesday.

I'd like to believe you. I'll need independent verification. You're too new.

20 posted on 04/13/2004 11:54:23 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown (I miss ya harpseal))
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To: threat matrix
I thought Sadr was useful on the loose. He was rallying all the little terrorist creeps out into the open so they could be identified and wiped out before the new gov't takes over in Iraq.
21 posted on 04/13/2004 11:54:57 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: sarasota; hchutch; BlueLancer
But I thought he was willing to die for the cause? No suicide belt? No shootout? All talk and no action?

All turban and no jihad?

22 posted on 04/13/2004 11:55:17 AM PDT by Poohbah (Darkdrake Lives!)
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To: threat matrix
Break out the sodium amitol, err uh , I mean the champagne.
23 posted on 04/13/2004 11:55:27 AM PDT by ping jockey (it only takes $.13 to do the job correctly.)
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To: threat matrix
If this is true, I'm sure quite a few people are deeply, deeply saddened.

Personally, I'm just puzzled. I could have sworn Sadr was going to fight to the death. He must have forgot.

24 posted on 04/13/2004 11:55:31 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (Yo Mullah so fat, the back of his neck looks like a pack of hot dogs!)
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To: eyespysomething
How reliable is TASS?

They've been John F'n Kerrys' media of choice scince the late 1960s.

25 posted on 04/13/2004 11:55:52 AM PDT by fella
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To: threat matrix
I sure hope his head doesn't accidentally fall off in custody.
26 posted on 04/13/2004 11:56:28 AM PDT by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: threat matrix
Kerry and Ted Kennedy on suicide watch; meltdown at DNC headquarters.
27 posted on 04/13/2004 11:56:46 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (EEE)
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To: Steel Wolf; hchutch
Personally, I'm just puzzled. I could have sworn Sadr was going to fight to the death. He must have forgot.

Naw, he's just another chicken-shi'ite. All turban, no jihad.

28 posted on 04/13/2004 11:56:55 AM PDT by Poohbah (Darkdrake Lives!)
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To: sarasota
He was ready to fight to his last follower...
29 posted on 04/13/2004 11:56:58 AM PDT by johnb838 (Allah hates jihadists and delights in sending them to hell)
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To: threat matrix; Mo1; Peach; Howlin; StriperSniper
I hope this is true.
30 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:04 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: eyespysomething
Good news if true. How reliable is TASS?

Closer to the DEBKAfile and the New York Times than the Wall Street Journal.

Then again, I had a professor tell me that "even a blind pig gets an acorn every once in a while". Here's hoping 1. we have him and 2. the President will lead his news conference with the details tonight.

31 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:13 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Benedictus que venit in nomine Domini)
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To: threat matrix
This sounds very dubious. There's nothing on any of the news channels.
One of Sadr's deputies was detained, questioned and released today. Maybe they're confusing things?
I can't imagine Sadr being arrested without a big firefight with his supporters.
I doubt this report is true.
32 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:13 AM PDT by saquin
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To: threat matrix
this is very likely a rehash of the israel/sky news report, since debunked, of about 12 hours ago. hope not, but it appears that it simply took 'em that long to translate/retranslate bad information.
33 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:34 AM PDT by dep (Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Qvietem)
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To: threat matrix
Is this the same story where it was a lieutenant of Sadr's rather than Sadr himself?
34 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:40 AM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: headsonpikes
If so, then Sadr now sadder than Daschle.

Maybe we can arrest Daschle and even it out.

35 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:43 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: fella
lol
36 posted on 04/13/2004 11:57:46 AM PDT by eyespysomething (To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target)
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To: sarasota
But I thought he was willing to die for the cause?

He can still die "while attempting to escape". ;-)

37 posted on 04/13/2004 11:58:24 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: Semper Paratus
No, they've already said the press conference is cover for Ashcroft's testimony (whatever that means).

Frankly, since Reno went out guns blazing against the Clintons (for the Florida McBride debacle), he should cancel it toot-sweet.
38 posted on 04/13/2004 11:58:26 AM PDT by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: threat matrix; Travis McGee; archy; Squantos
The report came from Hazem al-Araj, his closest associate who is the head of the Baghdad bureau 'Mahdi Army' group.

Didn't we just release this guy this morning ? Hmmm...sounds like Hazem may have dropped dime on Sadr...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1116696/posts

Lieutenant de Moqtada Sadr released by the American soldiers Hazem Al-Araaji, person in charge for the office of the radical head Shiite Moqtada Sadr in Baghdad, was released Tuesday by the American forces after several hours of detention, noted a journalist of the AFP.

39 posted on 04/13/2004 11:59:02 AM PDT by in the Arena ("rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ~ Orwell)
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To: Lazamataz
I checked the link. The report is 8 hours old. Seems odd no other reports since then.
40 posted on 04/13/2004 11:59:56 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: saquin
Someone on the Debka thread said this report was debunked a couple of hours ago.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1116875/posts?page=30#30

41 posted on 04/13/2004 12:00:10 PM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: threat matrix
Sorry. I trust Debka more than TASS. Okay... no more.
42 posted on 04/13/2004 12:00:15 PM PDT by dagar
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To: nuconvert
ping
43 posted on 04/13/2004 12:00:20 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Help bring the end to Freepathons. Donate monthly.)
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To: threat matrix
I hope this is true. Searching for more sites to confirm. Thanks for the post!
44 posted on 04/13/2004 12:00:48 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Poohbah
All turban, no jihad.

Not to mention a day late and a dinar short.

45 posted on 04/13/2004 12:01:19 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: OXENinFLA
There was a false report around 4 this morning .. turned out to be his aid

I think I'll wait for confirmation
46 posted on 04/13/2004 12:01:36 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: in the Arena
Hazem al-Araj

This give me an idea for a comic strip about two loveable, wacky, Iraqi magpies named Hazem and Hatem.
47 posted on 04/13/2004 12:01:59 PM PDT by johnb838 (Allah hates jihadists and delights in sending them to hell)
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To: ValerieUSA
BUMP
48 posted on 04/13/2004 12:02:18 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.--Kahlil Gibran)
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To: threat matrix
Checking various web news sources, I have yet to see anything. Top-of-the-hour radio news says he is still "hold up" in Iraq.
49 posted on 04/13/2004 12:02:21 PM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: San Jacinto
I checked the link. The report is 8 hours old. Seems odd no other reports since then.

Unless it was a Russian unit that captured said Islamofascist, I attempt to disbelieve.

I rolled a 20. I successfully disbelieved.

50 posted on 04/13/2004 12:02:50 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown (I miss ya harpseal))
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