posted on Feb, 14 2007 @ 07:05 AM
News sources out of Iraq have reported that Muqtada al-Sadr, an anti-American cleric from Iraq, and leader of the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia group,
has fled Iraq for the safety of Tehran, Iran, where he has family. Other sources deny it, but al-Sadr has not appeared publicly to confirm or deny the
WASHINGTON — Associates of the anti-American cleric whose militia has twice fought U.S. forces in Iraq insist that he has not left the country in
advance of a security crackdown, responding to a U.S. report that he has fled Baghdad and is belived to be in Iran.
Muqtada al-Sadr is believed to be in Tehran, where he has family, a U.S. official said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S.
The official said fractures in al-Sadr's political and militia operations may be part of the reason for his departure. The move is not believed to be
permanent, the official said.
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I would not be surprised if he has fled, given his past activity where he has raised the white flag in order to save his own skin. This development is
a direct result of the recent US "surge" effort in Iraq, and shows that he does not want to risk his own neck when the chips are down.
[edit on 14-2-2007 by UM_Gazz]