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Radical Iraq Cleric in Retreat
wsj ^ | August 5, 2008 | GINA CHON

Posted on 08/04/2008 6:27:19 PM PDT by flyfree

BAGHDAD -- Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- long a thorn in the side of the U.S. military and Iraqi government -- intends to disarm his once-feared Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization.

The transformation would represent a significant turnabout for a group that, as recently as earlier this year, was seen as one of the most destabilizing anti-American forces in Iraq. For much of the past several years, the Mahdi Army, headed by Mr. Sadr, a Shiite cleric, controlled sizable chunks of Baghdad and other major cities. Its brand of pro-Shiite activism had the side effect of pitting Iraqis against each other, helping to stir worries of civil war.

Recently, however, the group has been hit by a largely successful Iraqi military crackdown against militia members who have been operating as criminal gangs. At the same time, Mr. Sadr's popular support is dwindling: Residents who once viewed the Mahdi Army as champions of the poor have become alienated by what they see as its thuggish behavior.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alsadr; iraq; islam; mahdiarmy; mohammedanism; sadr
Victory is sweet
1 posted on 08/04/2008 6:31:01 PM PDT by flyfree
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To: flyfree
It ain't over 'til this bum is dead. Anything else, and he can change his murderous habits back to killing Americans, and Iraqi men, women and children. And, keep in mind that he murdered a previous religious leader to obtain his position.

Congressman Billybob

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2 posted on 08/04/2008 6:34:54 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (i)
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To: flyfree
Do not read too much into this. Hezbollah entrenched themselves in Lebanon by being a “service organization”. This move should be seen primarily as a holding tactic while they wait to see what transpires post-Bush and post-U.S. troop support.
3 posted on 08/04/2008 6:38:47 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: SandRat; Allegra

Page One, WSJ


4 posted on 08/04/2008 6:40:27 PM PDT by flyfree
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To: flyfree

al-Sadr has us right where he wants us! Our defeat will be swift and terrible now! He is still winning, and maybe even has won! How cunning and smart and well-groomed is he this lion of Baghdad!


5 posted on 08/04/2008 6:43:28 PM PDT by steveyp
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To: steveyp

LOL!


6 posted on 08/04/2008 6:45:19 PM PDT by flyfree
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To: steveyp; All

He won by losing..


7 posted on 08/04/2008 6:46:33 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Hey Barak... I'm a citizen of the US not the WORLD!!!!!)
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To: flyfree
Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr...intends to disarm his once-feared Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization.

Kind of what Baraq Husayn ibn Mahomet wants to create, with his Obama Youth Freedom Corps.

8 posted on 08/04/2008 6:50:05 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: flyfree

Didn’t Sadr hide in Iran while the combined forces rooted out his army?


9 posted on 08/04/2008 6:55:22 PM PDT by John123 (Obambi said that he has been in 57 states. I will now light myself on fire...)
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To: flyfree

If the Democrats had their way this idiot would be in charge of a large portion of Iraq after mass genocide and ongoing violence during our troop withdraw phase starting in 2006.

His power base would stretch from Tehran to Damascus and the oil rich Iraq would be funding Hezzbollah directly who by this point would have directly launched massive attacks against israel entrenching Israel in an all out Islamic conflict that would be costing the lives of millions of people.

The fall of Jeruselm in late 2007 was followed by a new Shiite dominated Middle East power centers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are coordinating and funding terror attacks on U.S. Soil....

5 Thousand American children were murdered in their schools at the hands of radical Islamic Terrorists during the Hezollah uprising and terror attacks launched against our schools in late 2007, 8 thousand dead during the Times Square bombings on New Years eve 2008, 4,000 murdered at Superbowl XLII including 25 Professional Players.... America is no longer the same country as it closes up borders and shuts down all venues in fear of more mass killings.

The Democrat controlled congress has no answer to the ongoing dillema and does nothing more then political posturing by blaming the minority party.

DEMOCRATS are, were and always will be on the WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY.... and they play politics with the very lives of the citizenry of this country.


10 posted on 08/04/2008 6:56:36 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Just wanted to be the first for a change so "Impeach Obama")
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To: John123
He's still hiding in Iran. He is going to school to become an Ayatollah.
11 posted on 08/04/2008 6:56:37 PM PDT by flyfree
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To: the_Watchman

“Hezbollah entrenched themselves in Lebanon by being a “service organization”.

Quite right


12 posted on 08/04/2008 6:57:00 PM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: Typical_Whitey

> If the Democrats had their way this idiot would be in charge of a large portion of Iraq after mass genocide and ongoing violence during our troop withdraw phase starting in 2006.

It wasn’t only the Democrats. It was most of the world, including the EU and UK.


13 posted on 08/04/2008 6:57:27 PM PDT by flyfree
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To: flyfree

He’s on a ten year scholarship at Ayatollah school in Iran.
He’s got seven years of study left before he achieves Ayatollahdom, at which point he returns to Iraq and becomes a bigger pain in the ass than he could ever hope to be without his sheepskin.


14 posted on 08/04/2008 6:58:05 PM PDT by soupcon
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To: Congressman Billybob

agreed. It ain’t over ‘til the bum is DEAD.


15 posted on 08/04/2008 7:00:54 PM PDT by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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To: steveyp
al-Sadr has us right where he wants us! Our defeat will be swift and terrible now! He is still winning, and maybe even has won! How cunning and smart and well-groomed is he this lion of Baghdad!

You should give fat-boy a call and invite him to share a room hiding...in Tehran.

Your post is pathetic.

16 posted on 08/04/2008 7:01:27 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Congressman Billybob

Agree 100%. This guy intends to lie low until the US leaves. Then watch out.


17 posted on 08/04/2008 7:01:49 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: the_Watchman
Hezbollah entrenched themselves in Lebanon by being a “service organization”.

They made themselves powerful by making sure that nothing could be built, and no aid could get to people, without going through Hezbollah. It would be a huge mistake to allow Sadr's people to have any role in any town in Iraq

18 posted on 08/04/2008 7:05:39 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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To: flyfree
Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- long a thorn in the side of the U.S. military and Iraqi government -- intends to disarm his once-feared Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization.

He's becoming a community organizer?

19 posted on 08/04/2008 7:07:30 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I am voting for McCain because he is white.)
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To: flyfree
Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ... intends to disarm his once-feared Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization.

Uh huh. And Ghengis Khan just announced that he and his Mongol hordes are available to cater your next Bar Mitzvah, while Frank and Jesse James have opened a bank examiner's office in Northfield, Minnesota.

20 posted on 08/04/2008 7:08:06 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: PapaBear3625
They made themselves powerful by making sure that nothing could be built, and no aid could get to people, without going through Hezbollah.

Reminds you of the Democrat party in Chicago, doesn't it?!

21 posted on 08/04/2008 7:14:00 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: flyfree

Well last time I checked America was leading the efforts in Iraq with very little help from the EU or other world powers. The Democrats were the only ones in this country that took the position that we must remove ourselves from Iraq regardless of the consequences... This rhetoric from the Democrats started in mid/late 2003 as a political posturing measure to support the Kerry presidential bid. Once they started down the path of retreat and defeat they could not change their position back. However, due to the courage and conviction of ONE MAN... George W. Bush got it right with the surge. Victory in Iraq is at hand. Al-Sadr is neutered and the world will be much safer for it. Even when you confront the Democrats with these facts they refute them it is truly sickening again Democrats in this country were on the wrong side of History..... Again.. and any moron that votes for a Democrat deserves what they get.... read my last post for a vision of the whats to come.


22 posted on 08/04/2008 7:35:56 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Just wanted to be the first for a change so "Impeach Obama")
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To: flyfree
>>> Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr,....intends to disarm his once-feared Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization.<<<

a-la Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Iraqi Seals (if there is such an organization) need to do a hit on him. If they can't or won't....the real Seals need to do it!

23 posted on 08/04/2008 7:41:34 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out O)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Mookie’s becoming a “Community oganizer”? He took his lessons from Obama. Get some rich sponsor to bankroll you, fail at what you do, and get nominated for president by the great Left/Ayatollah.

Nothing succeeds like success.


24 posted on 08/04/2008 7:41:35 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Jeff Chandler

Just like Nasrallah in Lebannon is a “community organizer”.


25 posted on 08/04/2008 9:43:00 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: John123; flyfree
Didn’t Sadr hide in Iran while the combined forces rooted out his army?

Yes. He hasn't been seen in Iraq in some time.

He, like most chest-thumping terrorists, is a coward.

26 posted on 08/05/2008 12:17:04 AM PDT by Allegra (Goodness me, goodness me, industrial disease...)
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To: soupcon

That’s the plan


27 posted on 08/05/2008 5:36:02 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: flyfree

Praise the LORD!


28 posted on 08/05/2008 8:55:27 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Have you checked your home for radon?)
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To: FreeReign

You make me giggle.


29 posted on 08/05/2008 4:27:02 PM PDT by steveyp
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