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Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday fired two senior members of his movement after they met with the top U.S. military officer in Iraq, a lawmaker close to the anti-American cleric said.
Salam al-Maliki and Qusai Abdul-Wahab, members of parliament in al-Sadr's bloc, were having dinner at the home of former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday when Gen. David Petraeus, arrived, the legislator said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Al-Maliki and Abdul-Wahab did not leave the room when Petraeus walked in, he said. Al-Sadr has decreed that lawmakers from his bloc must not speak with U.S. officials and sacked the men when he heard of the infraction, the lawmaker told The Associated Press.
Originally posted by RedGolem
I won't say that the Mahdi army is fading and I don't think this is a crack in the armor. I don't know how common things like this are. What I do think is that with as violent as that area is I think the two who got fired are lucky there were not just killed.
Originally posted by Keyhole
I believe the number one problem that a leader would/does have with these sorts of of meeting is that it undermines their power with the people ("foes") that they are meeting with.