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Sadrist leader cannot confirm or deny Al Sadr held in Qom
Asharq Alawsat ^ | 17/05/2008 | Maad Fayad

Posted on 05/17/2008 9:10:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

London, Asharq Al-Awsat - In response to the claim that the Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr is present in the Iranian city of Qom, Asmaa al Mousawi, leading member of the Al Sadr political bloc in Iraq, told Asharq Al-Awsat, “We can neither confirm nor deny this information and we cannot discuss the whereabouts of Sayyed Muqtada al Sadr for security reasons.”

A reliable Iraqi source based in Qom told Asharq Al-Awsat Friday, “Al Sadr is held in a house affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He is isolated from others; nobody is allowed to see him and he is not permitted to leave the house.” The source added, “Only a very small number of people, who I can count on the fingers of one hand, are allowed to see him.”

The source, a student of Islamic jurisprudence [Fiqh] at the Qom Hawza said, “Muqtada al Sadr’s phone number had been given to a small number of his close associates however this number has been cut off completely.”

The source, who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat on condition of anonymity for security reasons, indicated that “Over three weeks ago, al Sadr had returned to Iraq and was secretly staying with an associate in Najaf but he quickly returned to Qom when the Iraqi government intensified [the offensives] on the Sadrist current and the Mehdi Army.”

“Iranian politicians in Qom openly criticize al Sadr’s presence because it is the cause of many problems for Iran especially regarding Iran-Iraq ties, which numerous Iranian bodies strive to develop. One of al Sadr’s associates who is a member of the Sadrist bloc told me in confidence that Sayyed Muqtada al Sadr had been held in Iran and cannot do anything without the permission of Iranian security authorities,” added the source.

Asmaa al Mousawi, a Sadrist leader, told Asharq Al-Awsat by phone from Baghdad, Friday, “We can neither confirm nor deny this information; we do reject any information that discusses the whereabouts of Sayyed Muqtada al Sadr as he travels around many places.”

She added, “There are threats against Sayyed [Muqtada al Sadr] from different political parties that do not agree with the principles of the Sadrist trend.” She denied that al Sadr may be targeted by the Iraqi government or the American forces: “I do not believe that the occupying American forces would run the risk or arresting al Sadr.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alsadr; iran; iraq; qom; sadr
H/T to the Strata Sphere Blog ...
1 posted on 05/17/2008 9:10:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge; elhombrelibre; Allegra; SandRat; tobyhill; G8 Diplomat; Dog; Cap Huff; ...
From the Strata Sphere Blog:

Moqtada al-Sadr Under Arrest In Iran?

2 posted on 05/17/2008 9:13:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"There are threats against Sayyed [Muqtada al Sadr] from different political parties that do not agree with the principles of the Sadrist trend.” She denied that al Sadr may be targeted by the Iraqi government or the American forces."

Mookie is wished dead by many, other than the Great Satan. Imagine that!

BTW, isn't this guy just dead, and all this is just propaganda? Has there been an official appearance by him?

3 posted on 05/17/2008 9:18:54 PM PDT by endthematrix (Now that we use our corn for fuel, when do we eat coal for dinner?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bump to read later


4 posted on 05/17/2008 9:20:11 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

one of our great failings in this world is not having killed al sadr from the get go.


5 posted on 05/17/2008 9:23:42 PM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Iranians aren’t happy with his running of Sadr City?


6 posted on 05/17/2008 9:25:07 PM PDT by skr (I serve a risen Savior!)
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To: endthematrix

Open a large buffet in Basra... if Mookie doesn’t show within the hour, you can rest assured that he is either dead or under house arrest in Iran.


7 posted on 05/17/2008 9:28:06 PM PDT by CurlyBill (Democrats: Trying hard to manufacture a loss in Iraq ... all for politics)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks Ernest. That non-answer means “yes”. ;’)


8 posted on 05/17/2008 9:36:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Oh, Sadrist...headline looks like SADIST.


9 posted on 05/17/2008 9:47:01 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

10 posted on 05/17/2008 9:48:36 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: skr
Der Feuer does not tolerate failure.


11 posted on 05/17/2008 11:36:31 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: jveritas; FARS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; knighthawk; Marine_Uncle; SandRat; Steel Wolf; CAP; ...

Where in the world is al Sadr ping. If he’s under house arrest in Iran, it certainly calls into question how much he can call his own shots.


12 posted on 05/17/2008 11:54:25 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (If you liked Carter and you like Kennedy, you'll love Obama.)
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To: Liberty Valance

LOL!!!


13 posted on 05/18/2008 12:28:52 AM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support for Obama.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Don’t arrest him, kill him.

He should have been dead many years ago.

It has cost us dearly for failing to do so.


14 posted on 05/18/2008 2:54:46 AM PDT by DB
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To: Ron Jeremy
one of our great failings in this world is not having killed al sadr from the get go.

don't mean to be rude, but are you nuts? the last thing we want to do is make a martyr out of him. If that ever happened, the Iranians would exploit his death and replace him with someone dangerous. This guy peaked about couple of years ago and has been losing power ever since.

15 posted on 05/18/2008 7:19:20 AM PDT by Sci Fi Guy (Brian De Palma hates America)
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To: Sci Fi Guy
That's the way I see it too,...the West doesn't understand this martyr business...but it is very BIG in the Middle East.
16 posted on 05/18/2008 8:37:00 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Isn’t he supposed to be giving a sermon somewhere every Friday?

I don’t think he’s given one in six years.


17 posted on 05/18/2008 8:48:27 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone; Allegra
I just figured that since Sadr is often referred to as a Cleric...he would have given those Friday Talks....many mysteries regarding the Fat Cat....

Just turned up this note from the Long War Journal side bar:

Iraq Al Sadr Bloc denies relations with Iran

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Saturday, May 17, 2008 09:40 GMT

Al Sadr Bloc lawmaker Liqaa Al Yassin denied any agreement between Al Sadr Bloc and Iran. In a statement to Al Hayat Newspaper, Al Yassin refused calls to keep US Forces in Iraq stressing on Al Sadr Bloc’s call to pullout US troops as soon as possible.
As for the agreement between Al Sadr Front and the government in Sadr City, Al Yassin noted that Cleric Sayyed Moqtada Al Sadr played the role of a peace advocator in latest events. She reminded of several initiatives including the initiative of Dr Ibrahim Al Jaafari to solve the crisis. However, the initiative never came to light due to rows between Al Jaafari and Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki. As for the relation between Al Sadr Bloc and Al Maliki, Al Yassin quoted Sayyed Al Sadr as saying that politics have no shape and is subject to changes saying that the relation with Nuri Al Maliki will be decided upon circumstances.

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Now is Sadr in Iran or Not...who Knows...

This seems like a Flat Out Lie by Al Yassin.


18 posted on 05/18/2008 11:04:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: elhombrelibre; Ernest_at_the_Beach
I don't think he is under house arrest in Iran. Quite the opposite. He was given a villa outside Qom and is on a fast paced program to become a higher level cleric. The course supposedly will take some five years to complete.
I am going from earlier articles we had posted on this. Of what value would it be for the Iranians to have arrested him. And what charges would they have proposed. After all he was working hand in hand with them for a long period of time.
And we don't really know who is running the Sadr movement at this point. How do we know if Sadr sent orders for his army to lay low in Sadr City for instance.
I have a hunch, Sadr called it quits since his political block has been ignored, and he has elected to live a life of pleasure in Iran, belting down lamb chops as he pours over his assigned course materials. And how convenient it is to continue to make him look like the top dog calling the shots, where, his ex-underlings may be wondering how they can extract themselves from a hopeless situation.
19 posted on 05/18/2008 12:06:52 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...)
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To: elhombrelibre; All

You DARE question my intel??!!! (smile - just kidding)

The fact an immediate, angry denial was not forthcoming, is an acknowledgement of the truth of his “house arrest” - EXCEPT it might be in a suburban house “near” Qom and thus allow a truthful denial of the exact location.

It also avoids having to produce the man publicly, which cannot be done without the Mullahs giving their consent. Isn’t “secrecy” a great cover?


20 posted on 05/18/2008 1:45:18 PM PDT by FARS
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To: elhombrelibre
YEP!

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21 posted on 05/18/2008 6:36:41 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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