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In Iraq, apprehension ahead of speech by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
washingtonpost.com ^ | January 6, 2011 | By Aaron C. Davis

Posted on 01/06/2011 9:58:17 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

Lawmakers across Iraq's political and ethnic spectrums waited Thursday for word from anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, saying his first address after returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran would likely say a lot about his intended approach to Iraq's fragile new government.

Late Thursday, a spokesman at Sadr's office in Najaf said the cleric would deliver "a very important speech" Saturday at his home outside the Shiite holy city.

After months of shifting political alliances finally produced a new government late last year, most Iraqis are still gingerly feeling their way forward. Some voiced cautious optimism that Sadr would seek to bolster the fledgling government - even Sunnis who had battled the cleric's Mahdi Army militia and later charged that the Sadrist-controlled Health Ministry had murdered Sunni doctors.

But most groups were hesitant to say more, and that palpable sense of apprehension - coupled with a national military holiday that shut down the government and emptied the streets - produced the effect of an entire country pausing to weigh the impact of the cleric's surprise reappearance Wednesday.

The mood also stood in stark contrast to the growing confidence displayed by Iraqi politicians in the two weeks since the creation of a unity government unleashed a flurry of political activity.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alsadr; iraq; sadr

1 posted on 01/06/2011 9:58:18 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

One has to ask — will it be an arabic version of “cut down the tall trees?”


2 posted on 01/06/2011 10:00:16 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Who gives a sh*t what he says, except the WaPost? The reason he was in Iran for 4 years is because al-Maliki sent the 1st Iraqi Division to crush his mahdi army.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 10:01:30 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Who will rid me of this turbulent mullah?


4 posted on 01/06/2011 10:12:51 PM PST by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." -- Calvin Coolidge)
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To: freedumb2003

I doubt it. He wants to live and work within the system. He doesn’t want to be martyred himself. He ran away to Iran when the Iraqis were stomping his Mahdi army.


5 posted on 01/06/2011 10:13:39 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Jet Jaguar
It's Friday the 13th. Here's Freddie, again.

vaudine

6 posted on 01/06/2011 10:15:27 PM PST by vaudine
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To: Jet Jaguar
The reason he's been in Iran for so long is that he was studying in Qom, for at least two of the years.

Rumor has it that he has risen to the rank of ayatollah and that will be announced soon.

That puts him in charge of all the Shias in Iraq.

7 posted on 01/06/2011 10:19:59 PM PST by gandalftb (Fighting jihadists is like fighting an earthquake, harden yourselves.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I'll just say. Back in 2004 through 2006 when I and a number of others here suggested he be eliminated when the chance was very ripe, no one seemed to get the message to our military folks. And they did not think it expedient when it could have been done properly. Accidents happen. Sadr City revolts. The many movements we followed between the then leader of the southern Shiite SCIRI (Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution) in Iraq Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, and Mugtada al-Sadr holding up in Sadr City.
Let those of us that closely followed things as to what went down in Iraq remember.

It would have been so easy back then when all kinds of shit was going on to eliminate this piece of shit before he realize it was high time to flee to the holy city in Iran and take a wife and sit around getting even more fat.
I still fault our military on that one single occasion for not killing the POS back then.
It would now greatly simply how some things are going in Iraq.
8 posted on 01/06/2011 10:20:24 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: gandalftb
That puts him in charge of all the Shias in Iraq.

I wonder what Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is going to think about that.

9 posted on 01/06/2011 10:26:29 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Jet Jaguar

I remember this fat f***er from the early days of the Iraq war, when the liberal media would play up this little, pudgy thug as though he was a real “threat.” This little fat-face basically has only a lame militia full of unprofessional fighters who are poorly equipped and like to cause trouble from time to time. I still say it was a tactical error not to eliminate this little punk back in the early days of the Iraq war.


10 posted on 01/06/2011 10:30:49 PM PST by Suvroc10
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To: Suvroc10

Dittos. Twice over.


11 posted on 01/06/2011 10:33:14 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Jet Jaguar
the cleric would deliver "a very important speech"

I think I can guess the speech ahead of time:

"Durka durka durka maim destroy burn attack blow up alluh attack destroy blow up durka durka durka who's that camel in a burqua!!!"
12 posted on 01/06/2011 11:45:07 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Given that the mullahs seem to be the source code for jihadis, Mooky should be numero uno on the hit parade.


13 posted on 01/06/2011 11:49:16 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Jet Jaguar
In the eloquent words of Fiona Glenanne ..."Can we shoot him now?"
14 posted on 01/07/2011 2:27:42 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: Yardstick
Guaranteed Sistani has taken him off his Christmas card list :):).

There is big money to be made off the shiite pilgrims to Najaf and other holy cities in Iraq.

Being an ayatollah gives him the power to grant (paying) access to the visiting Iranians.

An ayatollah also makes big money settling disputes, etc.

15 posted on 01/07/2011 8:22:47 AM PST by gandalftb (Fighting jihadists is like fighting an earthquake, harden yourselves.)
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