posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 03:01 PM
Iraqi followers of radical Shia muslim cleric, Moqtada Al Sadr, known as the Mehdi Army have rescued 4 Arab hostages from terrorists. An aide to Al
Sadr said that the Mehdi Army managed to save the hostages who were soon to be executed by a "terrorist group". The rescued men were from Iraq,
Syria and Lebanon. Five Iraqis and the brother of an Iraqi minister were killed in the rescue.
Followers of radical Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr say they have rescued four hostages from their kidnappers hours before they were to be killed.
Members of Mr Sadr's Mehdi Army freed the four Arab hostages from "terrorist groups" holding them in Baghdad, an aide to the cleric said.
At least five Iraqis were reportedly killed in attacks, and the brother of a minister shot dead, on Friday.
Politicians are continuing tense talks to agree a draft constitution.
The issue of federalism and distribution of resources such as oil revenues are proving the most contentious issues.
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Im shocked that Al Sadr's group did this. They were classed as insurgents early on in the War and the Americans had many clashes with his Mehdi
Army. Now they seem to be fighting against "terrorist groups" and rescuing, albeit, Arab hostages.
Has the cleric turned a new leaf and seeking a legimate role in the new Iraqi government? Was this a stage managed rescue to show Al Sadr in a good
light and gain respect from Arab nations?
[edit on 12/8/05 by subz]