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When I was rescued from terrorists in Baghdad by Iraqi forces, I thought this was proof positive that US policy in Iraq was working. American and coalition forces were training the "new Iraqi army" and empowering its members to take control of their own destiny.
My captors were caught by Iraqis and tried in an Iraqi court in the room adjacent to where Saddam Hussein was being tried. My captors were found guilty and are serving life terms in an Iraqi jail.
But things changed when Nouri al-Maliki was elected prime minister of Iraq with the decisive support of the terrorist-turned-politician Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's Mahdi Army and the Shiite death squads are now running amok, killing Sunni citizens. Instead of inciting his flock against US and coalition forces, Sadr joined the political process, and he and some of his supporters were elected to government.