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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:01 PM
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CNN: Muqtada al Sadr Left Iraq For Iran
Edited on Tue Feb-13-07 07:13 PM by Hissyspit
Has been there for 2-3 Weeks via Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. Source: Senior White House administrators.

Hmm...

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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:03 PM
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1. a run for the border before it closes?
His spiritual roots are living in Qom I do believe.
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Kikosexy2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:05 PM
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2. And no one...
noticed?...hmmmm?...
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:24 PM
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He didn't want to be caught dead,"hanging" around
Baghdad lately


I know, twisted humor.
but ya never know how far this neighborhood watch program is going to go
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:06 PM
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3. He might have been seen by some Shia as a
traitor for rejoining the parliament. Of course he could be there to wait out the surge. Some of his staff have left for Iran. this will make it difficult for the US to off the head of the Madhi brigade.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:06 PM
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4. Iraqi Shias travel to and from Iran
Many of Shia holy sites are in Iran, and Iran is not viewed as some alien country.

Considering what the surge is doing to the Shias in Baghdad, I wouldn't blame Sadr for going to Iran where he would be a lot safer.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:10 PM
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6. Yes. I'm thinking this is a WH propaganda attempt.
Wolf is making a big deal about it. His reporters seem to be a bit more reserved about it.

Jack Cafferty: "I'd like to know how he got out of Baghdad."

Wolf: "He has an enormous amount of security including protection from el-Maliki..."

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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:10 PM
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5. So I guess we have to bomb Iran now to find one man (just like we did to get Saddam)
:eyes:

I don't believe a word of this crap, by the way.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:19 PM
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8. Correspondent Michael Ware being MUCH more skeptical of it.
Kind of pulling the rug out from under the story.

He's gone to Iran "several times in the past, as I understand it."

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 10:21 PM
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27. Ware knows the inside scoop
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neverforget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 12:12 AM
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38. The CNN White House correspondent was breathless, almost giddy,
in being the good stenographer putting out the Bush spin on Muqtada in Iran. No questioning of the info, just repeating it with no analysis. I love how the "senior administration officials: said he fled because of the "surge". :rofl: From what I've heard from news reports about the "surge", it's a bust. Thank God Michael Ware was on to give a report on the ground in Iraq with some Iraqi realism instead of Bush spin.
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:40 PM
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13. Seems like Fabricated Crap in order to Attack Iran. n/t
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:13 PM
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7. pathetic
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:21 PM
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9. He's been there two or three weeks? Wolf Blitzer just said it was a hot breaking story!
And I don't give a damn WHERE Sadr ended up--NOBODY NOTICED that he left the country at least two weeks ago?

:headbang:
rocknation
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:24 PM
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10. Previous poster is correct. This is pathetic WH propaganda attempt.
At least the CNN correspondents are being appropriately skeptical, despite the drama queen Wolf is being.

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roamer65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:28 PM
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11. Yeah, and I went to Canada three weeks ago for beer.
Edited on Tue Feb-13-07 07:30 PM by roamer65
Sadr went to Iran? Whoopie ding dong.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:37 PM
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12. Iraqi official now DENIES Sadr in Iran...
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:49 PM
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14. I wonder if he will meet up with Elvis there too?
and they call this news? Right.
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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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15. Breaking on CNN
Edited on Tue Feb-13-07 07:50 PM by SallyMander
Top of the screen headline, no linked article yet:


"Militant Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has left Iraq and has been in Iran for at least two weeks, senior U.S. administration sources tell CNN. Sources close to al-Sadr deny he is in Iran."


Scaaaarrrryyyy....

Edited for a typo!
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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16. ...Followed by "Anna Nicole still dead"
/sarcasm
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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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19. I can't BELIEVE that cr@p is still being covered... eom
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antiimperialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 09:12 PM
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23. .
Edited on Tue Feb-13-07 09:13 PM by antiimperialist
.
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antiimperialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 09:14 PM
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24. Very suspicious timing coinciding with surge debate
We will have to wait and see how this story develops.
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antiimperialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 09:44 PM
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26. he move probably is not permanent, the official said.
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antiimperialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 12:04 AM
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37. Al Sadr planning TV appearance soon (NY Times)
An aide to Mr. Sadr, reached by telephone on Tuesday night, denied that Mr. Sadr had left Iraq and said that the cleric was planning a televised address in the next several says.

whole story
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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17. it's all the rage these days, getting out of Iraq
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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18. That story's already broken
Here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

But you get points for enthusiasm.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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20. Oh of course he's in Iran ...
... we need at least one other reason to bomb the snot out of an innocent country ...


:eyes:
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LonelyLRLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 07:54 PM
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21. Sure thing - just another reason to drop a bomb or two or three or thousand.
This evil gang scares the hell out of me.
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antiimperialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 09:08 PM
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22. So who caused the violence in the past 2 weeks he was absent?
Al Sadr is not in control of the Mahdi army
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killbotfactory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 09:34 PM
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25. So?
Is he the one who killed Anna Nicole Smith?
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A Brand New World Donating Member (803 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 10:27 PM
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28. No - but he's the latest possible father!
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 12:41 AM
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41. Last I saw, he's the one who killed (or "hanged") Saddam.
It's no surprise he may be kind of "popular" at "celebrating-partys" near the border...
Although, I'm not saying they may celebrate him the same way we celebrate heroes here.

Vive la rsistance?
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 10:55 PM
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29. are they serious?
i'm dubious
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:01 PM
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30. Anti-American cleric flees Iraq for Iran-Sadr


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070214/ap_on_re_mi_ea/sadr... ;_ylt=Aj65lGh3IbWy7fMNV0Ll2Oas0NUE


Anti-American cleric flees Iraq for Iran

By ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer 56 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fled
Iraq for Iran ahead of a security crackdown in Baghdad and the arrival of 21,500 U.S. troops sent by President Bush to quell sectarian violence, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.


Al-Sadr left his Baghdad stronghold some weeks ago, the official said, and is believed to be in Tehran, where he has family. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. monitoring activities, 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.

Word of al-Sadr's departure coincides with an announcement that Iraq will close its borders with Iran and
Syria for 72 hours as part of the drive to end the violence that has threatened to divide the capital along sectarian lines.

The U.S. official said it is not clear how firmly the radical Shiite cleric is controlling his organization and the associated Mahdi Army militia from exile.
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:01 PM
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31. Hey - I thought we "got" this guy months ago!! Great. Now we will
HAVE to go into Iran. All the damn Iraqi insurgents will be hiding behind rocks just over the border, building IED's and giving them to kids to carry back over into Iraq.

Damn.

Just damn.
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pocoloco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:01 PM
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32. Why just 72 hours
What am I missing here?
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Tin Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:01 PM
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34. 72 hours not long enough to stop weapons, but long enough to stop Al Sadr's escape
Edited on Tue Feb-13-07 10:54 PM by Tin Man
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:09 PM
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35. But he left at least two weeks ago!
WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY NOTICE THAT SADR LEFT IRAQ AT LEAST TWO WEEKS AGO????

:banghead:
rocknation
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Tin Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:12 PM
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36. ...well, that's what they're *claiming* anyway
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-13-07 11:01 PM
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33. Ah ... 72 hour lockdown .....
Maybe they can have a locker inspection too ....

I see plastic sporks in Iraq's future .....
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 12:28 AM
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39. I found it comical that CNN was reporting this as "Breaking News"
After all, the dude's been in Iran for 2-3 weeks now. Can you say, for a fact, that he may NOT catch the next flight back? Methinks this is all a part of our Idiot King's waltz to build up hatred for Iran. :shrug:
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 01:56 AM
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42. If he is there, the claim will be made that Iran is harboring a terrorist.
I guarantee it.
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humbled_opinion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 12:33 AM
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40. Nothing but political spin to try and scare the Democrats debating
the surge in the House and Senate... You will start seeing Bushies jumping up and down saying the surge is working... We need to get some factual reporting on this to counter.
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 04:59 PM
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43. kick
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JackCo Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 05:24 PM
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44. Ok
He's been there for weeks but yet it is just now important enough to be newsworthy. Seems like another convenient news plant to up the Iran agenda.
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 01:38 PM
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45. The sooner Iran gets nuclear weapons the quicker all of our
imperialism in the ME will end. Iran will be the savior of peace in that region and there is nothing this evil administration can do about it!
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