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Top Sadr Aide Arrested

Via the Associated Press (hat tip Michelle Malkin):

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. and Iraqi forces arrested a top aide to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday in Baghdad, an official in his office said.

Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Darraji, al-Sadr's media director in Baghdad, was captured in the eastern neighborhood of Baladiyat, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.


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We've arrested important ai... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

We've arrested important aides of Sadr before only to release later them under pressure from the Maliki administration.

Bush's "new strategy" in Iraq depends on the idea that Maliki will turn his back on Sadr who is his most important political patron and the leader of Iraq's largest armed militia, and side with the Americans who increasingly show signs of wanting to abandon the entire effort.

Just imagine for a minute that Maliki gives the okay for a brutal crackdown on Sadr's militia that would result in tens of thousands of casualties. What would Maliki's fate be after US troops leave the country? I'll tell you: he'll be hanged like Barzan and have his head ripped off.

A much more likely course of events is that Sadr's forces go underground over the next 6 months and avoid a confrontation with US forces. Bush will then announce "victory" and that our troops can start coming home. Once they are gone the Mahdi Army resurfaces and the real bloodletting begins. Sadr's forces, free from threat by the US, will unleash a firestorm of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the Sunnis in order to drive them out of Baghdad and lay the groundwork for an Islamic Republic of Iraq along the lines of Iran.

Just imagine for ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Just imagine for a minute that Maliki gives the okay for a brutal crackdown on Sadr's militia that would result in tens of thousands of casualties. What would Maliki's fate be after US troops leave the country? I'll tell you: he'll be hanged like Barzan and have his head ripped off.

Maliki's has simply done his political calculus. If he believes that the U.S. troops are going to abandon him as the Democrats keep pushing for, he'll side with Sadr and, by proxy, Iran. If the U.S. is able to convince Maliki that we're not going to abandon him, Maliki sides with the U.S. and helps to eliminate Sadr (and a significant Iranian foothold in Iraq).

The way that the insurgency has to be beaten is to get them to take a stand because head-to-head they cannot beat the U.S. military... of course, they won't make a stand if we publish some arbitrary timetable for which some have been pushing.

You're absolutely right Lar... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

You're absolutely right Larkin, we should not pull out.

When I saw the headline, I ... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

When I saw the headline, I thought it might have been Lee.

What's happened to old "puc... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

What's happened to old "pucker puss" (lee lee) (resident turd polisher)?

Aw, poor fellas, shucks:</p... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Aw, poor fellas, shucks:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mahdi Army fighters said Thursday they were under siege in their Sadr City stronghold as U.S. and Iraqi troops killed or seized key commanders in pinpoint nighttime raids. Two commanders of the Shiite militia said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has stopped protecting the group under pressure from Washington and threats from Sunni Muslim Arab governments.
Larkin,I agree wit... (Below threshold)

Larkin,

I agree with your hypothesis that Sadr's Army will go "underground" or "melt into the population" if they feel the US military is going to engage them in urban warfare.

As I see it that leaves the US few choices, we can either try to wait them out, in other words keep our boots on the ground for a longer period of time than they are willing to stay underground.

Remember there's as saying in the Middle East that loosely translated goes something like this "My children's children will fight you".

The present cost of choice number 1 to the US is about 8 billion a month but more importantly it's costing us on average the lives of 100 service men and women and close to 1,000 casualties each month.

Another option would be to "round up" all men (14 to 65) that are able to pick up a weapon and kill them. This would leave Sadr without an army. Of course we will be accused of genocide by the international community and those in the US that have an aversion to the indiscriminate killing of Iraqi men. Don't forget to factor in the psychological costs to our brave men and women ordered to carry out this policy. Someone has to pull the trigger. They're not going to agree to just die on their own.

We could go nuclear like I've seen some advocate. But I really don't think we want to open up that Pandora's box, anyway who wants to put radioactive oil in their car?

It's also very likely if the US military just leaves there could be massive killings by the Iraqis just as you on the right have been predicting.

Looking down the road 6 months to a year, how do see this playing out? How would you like to see it play out?

That whole blabbering mess ... (Below threshold)
LJD:

That whole blabbering mess was based on the assumption that Al SAdr's militia would successfully be able to go underground. I have more faith in our soldiers and new tactics, that have already rarrested insurgent leaders and killed many terrorists.

I would think after repeated raids of this type, at some point the remaining members would start thinking about becoming part of the process before they get run over by it.

Genocide? Radioactive oil? WTF you smokin?

We have a saying here in the US (loosely translated) "I'm going to smack you so hard your great grandchildren will feel it".

There's your answer from LJ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

There's your answer from LJD "[email protected]". Get it?

Let heads roll where they m... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Let heads roll where they may, like Saddam's half bro.

I want a shot of the head at least 30 feet from the body.




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