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Sadr Becomes Traitor, Iranian Agent, Against Iraq
Strata Sphere ^ | Jun 27 2008 | AJStrata

Posted on 06/27/2008 8:40:41 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Seems like Moqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American Iraqi Shiite cleric hiding in Iran, has decided to become Iraq’s version of Benedict Arnold:

The Mehdi Army of Moqtada Sadr is evolving into a clandestine movement following Iraqi military operations targeting the group, intelligence suggests.The military wing of the Sadrist Movement, the political party loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, is “turning itself into a secret armed organization,” an Iraqi intelligence official told the Gulf News on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi intelligence reports suggest the group’s numbers have dwindled from around 50,000 to as few as 150 in the past few years.

Intelligence officials credit decisions by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to launch military offensives against Shiite militants in the southern parts of the country as deterring the group. An Iraqi intelligence official reports as many as 2,000 Mehdi Army fighters were killed in recent operations in Basra, Sadr City and the provincial capital of Maysan, Amarah.

Emphasis mine. As I predicted many times, the Arab Shiites of Iraq have no interest in becoming disposable pawns for the Persians of Iran. If the Mahdi Militia under control of Sadr do decide to become traitors to Iraq, then that exposes them and Sadr to becoming enemies of the state.  If this happens then the gloves will really come off. But with most of the Mahdi basically deserting and integrating back into the Arab/Iraq community, leaving a small manageable number of militants, it will be a small job in dealing with them.

Either way, the Mahdi Militia is no more, as is al-Qaeda.  Very little is left to declaring victory in Iraq.  To me the last steps needed is the handover of the last provinces to Iraq control and we can move into the next phase with our new ally in the war on terror.

Addendum: I want to note that the Democrats cannot play the “we helped achieve this victory” after their despicable behavior and defeatist predictions from last year.  After months of trying to cut the war funding and retreat they would only be laughed at by attempting such an idiotic move.  We are on the verge of the full ‘mission accomplished’ for Iraq.  

Obama, being the naive and clueless empty-suit that he is, will no doubt attempt to try and claim credit for this success. But in the face of all his votes and statements calling for defeat and faux victory parades for our troops he will only make a fool of himself to everyone outside the liberal mindset, and be seen as a traitor to the liberal cause when he does. I expect he will be inserting his foot in his mouth any day now.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alsadr; iran; iraq; mahdiarmy; mookie; sadr
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1 posted on 06/27/2008 8:40:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Iraq's version of the Sicilian Mafia?
3 posted on 06/27/2008 8:43:13 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: All
Source article:

Mehdi Army dissolving, reports say

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Middle East Times

Friday, June 27, 2008

BAGHDAD, June 26 (UPI) -- The Mehdi Army of Moqtada Sadr is evolving into a clandestine movement following Iraqi military operations targeting the group, intelligence suggests.

The military wing of the Sadrist Movement, the political party loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, is "turning itself into a secret armed organization," an Iraqi intelligence official told the Gulf News on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi intelligence reports suggest the group's numbers have dwindled from around 50,000 to as few as 150 in the past few years.

Intelligence officials credit decisions by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to launch military offensives against Shiite militants in the southern parts of the country as deterring the group. An Iraqi intelligence official reports as many as 2,000 Mehdi Army fighters were killed in recent operations in Basra, Sadr City and the provincial capital of Maysan, Amarah.

4 posted on 06/27/2008 8:44:23 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: jveritas; FARS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; knighthawk; Marine_Uncle; SandRat; Steel Wolf; CAP; ...

Ping.


5 posted on 06/27/2008 8:46:51 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Isolationism and pacifism: the soft underbelly of American freedom.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Surprise, surprise!

Many of us recognized this YEARS ago..

Sadr should be targeted for destruction - even if an entire Iranian city must be destroyed to accomplish the task.

Then - kill each and every “Sadr Militia” who raises in confrontation, demonstration or “typical Muslim outrage” over his death..

No prisoners, No mercy, No sanctuary for the freaking Islamists...

If we don’t fight this war SERIOUSLY, as we did WWII, they will bleed us to death with a million pin pricks over decades.


6 posted on 06/27/2008 8:47:46 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: NormsRevenge; elhombrelibre; Allegra; SandRat; tobyhill; G8 Diplomat; Dog; Cap Huff; ...

fyi


7 posted on 06/27/2008 8:48:19 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP

Just another street thug....


8 posted on 06/27/2008 8:49:29 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; FARS; devolve; Grampa Dave; Jeff Head

9 posted on 06/27/2008 8:53:00 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Gracias, AMigo.


10 posted on 06/27/2008 8:54:15 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Isolationism and pacifism: the soft underbelly of American freedom.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
[Mookie to Mehdi Army] "Go, attack the American Infidels who are occupying our lands!"

[Mehdi Army to Mookie] "Go, attempt to procreate alone. We're outta here."

[Mookie, looking around the empty room] "By Allah, praise be upon him, I declare a temporary truce with the Americans!"

11 posted on 06/27/2008 8:56:09 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Snuff Mookie!


12 posted on 06/27/2008 8:56:36 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Either way, the Mahdi Militia is no more, as is al-Qaeda.

Yeah... but what about al AP, al CNN, al NBC and al MSNBC?

13 posted on 06/27/2008 8:59:49 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe it is time for some mea culpa’s, even here on FR, about this guy. Maybe all of us were wrong and the people who decided not to take him out immediately when he acted up after the liberation were right?

Maybe at that time there would have been a general up rising? Now it seems he is going out with a whimper and the actions in Bassra and Sadr City were not nearly as costly as many feared.


14 posted on 06/27/2008 9:01:49 AM PDT by JLS
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To: Morgana
No, the point of the article is that Sadr has long claimed to be a voice of independent Iraqi protest and resistance.

It is becoming more and more apparent that he is simply an agent of the Iranian government - a traitor and not an Iraqi patriot.

15 posted on 06/27/2008 9:05:24 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Iraqi intelligence reports suggest the group’s numbers have dwindled from around 50,000 to as few as 150 in the past few years.”

It is a great human tragedy. Harry Reid should declare a week of mourning for “liberal” cause....


16 posted on 06/27/2008 9:06:41 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: Yo-Yo

LOL!


17 posted on 06/27/2008 9:11:13 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
What is happening here is the "grass" level is going down to expose folks who would have been able to continue their activities in a noisier environment. That's why they were revolutionaries once, then terrorists, and now mere criminals. The significant thing isn't that Mook is now exposed as an embarrassing sore thumb, it's that the noise level is down.

A lot of people who expected victory to be a single, defining event may be surprised at this slow emergence. But I do think this is what it looks like. BTT.

18 posted on 06/27/2008 9:23:27 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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McCain can’t really claim it, but he has been right almost from day one on Iraq. Right to go in, right that we didn’t go in hard enough or have a post occupation plan, right about the need for a surge, right that it would work, and right that we should be able to stay there for 100 years like Korea.


19 posted on 06/27/2008 9:31:38 AM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: amom

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20 posted on 06/27/2008 9:34:41 AM PDT by amom (Proud mom of a US Soldier somewhere near Sadr City. (ihaly2tonk)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Saw his fat head off with a rusty sword.


21 posted on 06/27/2008 9:34:49 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: All; musicman
Now about the Democrats.....

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Thanks to musicman for posting the above toon on this thread:

Obama under fire over Iraq troop pledge

22 posted on 06/27/2008 9:38:49 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; ...

Ernest’s link at Post #22...Freakazoid BO is heading to Iraq. I wonder if he’ll wear the t-shirt, or a flag pin, or if he’ll try to salute anyone. Hey, has he released his DD214? Oops, you say he doesn’t have one?! Who do you suppose will go with him? What other stops might he make? Is a visit to his cuz on the itinerary? Inquiring minds want to know!


23 posted on 06/27/2008 10:14:35 AM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: All
From Hot Air:

Sadr’s army dissolving?

24 posted on 06/27/2008 10:25:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Billthedrill; elhombrelibre; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Your comments at #18. Couldn't agree more. And as the remaining hardliner Madhi adherents become a minuscule ratio of what they once where, the Sadr movement will die out mostly in silence.
Besides. More Shia he once held power over must at this point understand his militia is illegal from the constitutional standpoint. So they have no beef.
25 posted on 06/27/2008 10:38:23 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...Now we are left with a bunch of idiots.)
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To: freema
I think he is going as part of a Congressional Delegation...googling turned this up:

War Rages in Iraq Ahead of Obama VisitP>*********************************EXCERPT************************

By SANA ABDALLAH (Middle East Times, with agency dispatches) Published: June 26, 2008

AMMAN -- Violence continued to rage and the death toll kept rising in Iraq Thursday as Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama plans a possible trip to the war-torn country that remains high in the calculations of Americans when they go to the polls in November.

At least 38 Iraqis were confirmed killed in a suicide bombing in the Anbar province targeting pro-government Sunni members, including a local mayor, and a massive car bombing in Mosul that was preceded by a barrage of rocket fire.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a municipal office in Garma, near the Sunni city of Fallujah, killing the town's mayor, Kamal al-Abdali, and at least 19 other senior members of the U.S.-backed, anti-Qaida "Awakening Councils." Twenty others were injured in the attack.

The attack in the Sunni Anbar province, the largest in the country, came days before the U.S. forces are due to hand over its control to the Iraqi security forces, but it was not immediately clear whether Thursday's bombing would delay the transfer that was expected in early July.

According to the independent website www.icasualties.org, 1,295 U.S. soldiers were killed in this province in western Iraq since the 2003 invasion, second to Baghdad where 1,308 troops have died.

A fierce Sunni insurgency during the first years of the U.S. occupation in Anbar, especially the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, had been subdued after raging battles and the establishment of the "Awakening Councils," set up in 2006 to confront al-Qaida and its local allies.

The Garma attack was the second targeting a municipal office, after a Tuesday bombing in the Shiite opposition stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad killed four Americans, including two soldiers and two employees, at a district council office.

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb killed 18 people and injured 80 others in a market. Police sources said the provincial governor, Duraid Kashmula, was touring the market in the center of the city following an insurgent rocket attack when a car bomb exploded in the area. The governor survived.

The U.S. military says Mosul, where joint Iraqi-U.S. forces launched a major offensive in May, is the country's "last urban bastion" of al-Qaida.

The violence came a day after Obama's campaign said the Democrat candidate was planning to include Iraq in a foreign tour that could also take him to Afghanistan, Asia and Europe.

The timing and details of Obama's second visit to Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, are expected to remain confidential until the last moment for security reasons.

Obama, who has come under fire from Republican rival John McCain for visiting Iraq only once – in January 2006 – said he sought to pull out "most" of the 150,000 U.S. troops out of the country within the first 16 months of his term in office if he makes it to the White House.

The Democrat senator, who might become the first African-American commander in chief, said he would keep "some troops" in Iraq to protect the U.S. embassy and diplomats, as well as to fight al-Qaida.

"Under the circumstances, this might sound reasonable. But the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad is not a legitimate embassy, and its thousand-plus staff are not diplomatic envoys to a sovereign country," wrote Nicolas J.S. Davies Thursday in the independent Online Journal.

The embassy, a 104-acre fortified compound in the Green Zone, is said to be 10 times the size of any embassy in the world.

Davies, author of "The U.S. Invasion and Destruction of Iraq: Setting the Record Straight" due to be published in 2009, added: "American leaders must understand that their original goals in Iraq are not and will never be achievable. As long as U.S. forces, officials and contractors remain in Iraq, they will always meet political opposition and armed resistance. They will never be welcome. How could they be after what they have done to these people and their country?

"The best chance for any sort of mutually beneficial or profitable relationship in the future lies in seizing this moment to begin a complete withdrawal of occupation forces from the country, including all U.S. troops, contractors and civilian officials," Davies said.

Many Arab commentators have praised Obama for his opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq from the outset and welcomed his promise to pull out of the country, but warn that the outgoing U.S. administration of George W. Bush was making the next president's task of revoking the occupation a difficult, if not impossible, task.

The current administration is negotiating with the Iraqi government a controversial long-term security agreement that would commit the United States to a long-term military presence in Iraq.

A lame-duck Bush administration is said to be rushing to reach a pact that would not require Congressional approval before the November polls, which a potential Obama administration would inherit. The U.S. negotiators say this agreement is needed before the U.N. mandate, which authorizes U.S. presence in Iraq, expires at the end of the year.

Some Arab analysts see a security deal as a way to consolidate the occupation, and a move that ties Obama's hands in implementing his plan to minimize the war damage done to the country.

26 posted on 06/27/2008 10:39:29 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: freema
Found this also:

Obama to announce foreign trip soon

1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Democrat Barack Obama's White House campaign said Wednesday it planned soon to release details of an overseas trip possibly including Iraq.

Asked about a trip taking in Iraq, Afghanistan, Asia and Europe, campaign manager David Plouffe said: "We will have some information on that soon. But there's nothing more to add.

"Obviously the trip to Iraq will be Codel and we'll provide you with more details as we release them," he told reporters, referring to a Congressional delegation comprising Obama and colleagues in the Senate.

Pressed on timing, Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said details would come "in the coming days." Normally, for security reasons, trips to Iraq and Afghanistan by high-level US officials are not announced in advance.

Obama, who wants most US combat troops pulled out of Iraq and military resources diverted to Afghanistan, said on June 16 he planned to visit the two nations "before the election" in November.

The Democrat has been under fire from Republican rival John McCain for only visiting Iraq once, in January 2006.

Senator McCain, who has been to Iraq eight times, says a US military "surge" in Iraq is working and that Obama's plans to withdraw nearly all combat troops in his first year in office would trigger "chaos and genocide."

McCain last Friday gave a speech in Canada, and is due to go to Colombia next week to discuss trade and terrorism with President Alvaro Uribe.

27 posted on 06/27/2008 10:43:51 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: freema

The fat boy will remain in his villa in Iran and slop down lamb chops and attempt to concentrate on his religious studies. His ex followers in increasing numbers will understand they where had to put in with him.


28 posted on 06/27/2008 10:44:33 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...Now we are left with a bunch of idiots.)
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To: Marine_Uncle; freema; Billthedrill; Morgana; wideawake; JLS
Nice thread here:

Democrats' Dilemma in Iraq

29 posted on 06/27/2008 10:56:45 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks Ernest.

[snip] Iraqi intelligence reports suggest the group’s numbers have dwindled from around 50,000 to as few as 150 in the past few years... An Iraqi intelligence official reports as many as 2,000 Mehdi Army fighters were killed in recent operations in Basra, Sadr City and the provincial capital of Maysan, Amarah... Obama, being the naive and clueless empty-suit that he is, will no doubt attempt to try and claim credit for this success. But in the face of all his votes and statements calling for defeat and faux victory parades for our troops he will only make a fool of himself to everyone outside the liberal mindset, and be seen as a traitor to the liberal cause when he does. I expect he will be inserting his foot in his mouth any day now. [end]

Thanks also for these:

Obama under fire over Iraq troop pledge
The Financial Times | June 24 2008 19:33 | Edward Luce in Washington
Posted on 06/25/2008 2:05:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2036386/posts

Democrats’ Dilemma in Iraq
Washington Times | Frontpagemagazine | June 27, 2008 | William Rusher
Posted on 06/27/2008 5:06:51 AM PDT by SJackson
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2037188/posts


30 posted on 06/27/2008 12:00:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I hope this is all true....The Mookster needs a dirt-nap.


31 posted on 06/27/2008 12:24:20 PM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
These scum bags will get away with it one way or another because to many dupes are out there that just do not understand how they operate. And so many want a socialist in office regardless of the consequences.
Then again, perhaps the few major neutral or conservative oriented papers and Fox news will somehow reach sufficient numbers of the voting block to make them start to think what the demos have been raving about over the past few years.
McCain's staff had better put together some solid TV adds.
I fear to many voters that will vote for BHO will do so regardless of what could be brought out, because they really want the government to give them freebies. They could care less about the important issues this country faces regarding national defense and keeping a strong military going.
32 posted on 06/27/2008 2:53:42 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...Now we are left with a bunch of idiots.)
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To: wideawake
Yes, but a great question would be: Ultimately, was it better to let the Iraqis arrive at this conclusion on their own? or should we have taken out Murkyturd when he first reared his ugly head?

Our Pakistani exchange student laughed at al Satyr's claim of divinity. Apparently, the father was the real deal. The son, however, was nothing but a self-adulating “pretender”.

33 posted on 06/27/2008 9:57:21 PM PDT by singfreedom
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Oh, Ernest, thank you, thank you for the PING.

This is just absolutely the BEST news. Of course, I had heard rumors, but to see it in black and white is just grand!!

We still may have quite a bit of a slog, but there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel!

Thanks again.


34 posted on 06/27/2008 10:02:21 PM PDT by singfreedom
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If not for the politics of the DNC, this would go down as one of the most successful military operations in history. Unfortunately, they always put politics over Country.

Pray for W and Our Troops


35 posted on 06/28/2008 7:17:59 AM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!!)
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