U.S. officials: Sadr fled to Iran several weeks ago

posted at 7:34 pm on February 13, 2007 by Allahpundit

Breaking hard on Fox and CNN as I write this. CNN says Sadr’s people are denying it. No surprises here, though: the Times of London reported on January 27th that Mahdi Army capos had slipped across the border — on Maliki’s advice — and were planning to ride out the surge in Iran while U.S. troops hammer Sunni jihadis in Baghdad. Bob Owens wrote a post just yesterday, in fact, about the sudden conspicuous absence of JAM on the streets in the capital. They’re just lying low until we’re gone, when they’ll come home and reemerge to reclaim power. It wasn’t hard to see it coming; even an idiot like me has been calling it for months.

I’ll post a link once it’s up. In the meantime, crack Bush-hating news commentator Jack Cafferty wondered a few minutes ago on CNN how Sadr could have slipped out of Baghdad with so many American soldiers around as part of the surge. Answer: Because he wasn’t there. He lives in Najaf, not Baghdad, jerky.

Update: Here’s the link at ABC News. Iraq’s borders will be closed in the next few days, but I’ve got a hunch that order doesn’t apply to Sadr.

Update: A little more from the AP:

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.

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Time for some “hot pursuit”. After all, borders mean nothing (or is it just our border with Mexico?)

steveegg on February 13, 2007 at 7:36 PM

They should make a big campaign in Iraq about Sadr “running away” and being a coward. When he comes back he’d be a laughing stock.

Iblis on February 13, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Jack Cafferty? Hey, sizzlechest.

see-dubya on February 13, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Send Joe Wilson to find out if he really left, or if Cheney/Rove/Libby forced him to go, so Bush can invade Iran.

(Get OK from Val and Little Russ first)

fogw on February 13, 2007 at 7:44 PM

Well, Sadr and Omar probably have alot to talk about. It about time for tea, dammit.

Editor on February 13, 2007 at 7:48 PM

then wipe out his damned army, now, while the head’s gone

Defector01 on February 13, 2007 at 7:48 PM

now, the US is the “strong horse” and al-sadr is the “weak horse”……anyone who has read America Alone should appreciate this.

jp on February 13, 2007 at 7:48 PM

Cafferty is really stupid.

BTW, a Boston native was popped training with Al Q in Somalia.

I blame John Kerry.

JammieWearingFool on February 13, 2007 at 7:49 PM

I was doing a google search on this story and found this blog that was reporting this back on Jan. 27th.

jp on February 13, 2007 at 7:51 PM

I hate to be rude, but Jack Cafferty is a wanker.

Let’s see, the cowardly, give peace a chance party wins a tight election, loudly proclaims we’re “pulling out”, Bush decides on one last surge; the bad guys say ok, pull a Ho Chi Min and decide to wait across the border until the “peace democrats” get their way… The democraps winning the election have just added 3-5 years to this Long War.

Zorro on February 13, 2007 at 7:51 PM

Any coincedence it happened while Pelosi was there? No wonder she wanted a bigger jet. She had to have room for her Sadr loving constituency.

roninacreage on February 13, 2007 at 7:53 PM

Cafferty really needs to take some meds like his pal Murtha.

Catie96706 on February 13, 2007 at 7:53 PM

Rantburg , Amir Taheri, covered this last week. Wonder what it means? I’m voting he’s a chick shit.

* The Shiite mischief-makers, especially the loose coalition known as the Mahdi Army, are also splintering under military pressure from Iraqi and U.S. forces. Since December, hundreds of Mahdi fighters have fled to Iran – following their nominal leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who is in Qom. More than 1,000 others have been killed or captured.

Timber Wolf on February 13, 2007 at 7:54 PM

Going out is easy. Coming back, not so much. Ask the Taliban.

Either you believe that the Iraqi gov’t can succeed given the time and space to develop a workable sercurity force or you believe that it is hopelessly compromised by sectarian division. If you believe the former we should have left years ago, if the latter this is great news.

JackStraw on February 13, 2007 at 7:56 PM

Typical jihadist behavior. The underlings are all suppose to die to get heaven and the 72 virgins but their leaders are more adept at running and hiding.

William Amos on February 13, 2007 at 7:58 PM

CNN says Sadr’s people are denying it.

Baghdad Bob found work?

– The Cat

MirCat on February 13, 2007 at 8:02 PM

Good, stay there, don’t back Mookie and take your little punkazz militia with you. Didn’t I just read something about Maliki sayin’ they were gonna tighten up the Iranian border? Coincidence maybe?

Meanwhile, Russia talks about a “new cold war” and helps Iran get nukes.

Kinda makes ya wonder, doesn’t it?

Tony737 on February 13, 2007 at 8:03 PM

Going out is easy. Coming back, not so much. Ask the Taliban.
JackStraw on February 13, 2007 at 7:56 PM

The Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from France… but I hope you’re right in this case Jack.

Zorro on February 13, 2007 at 8:10 PM

Zorro-

Khomeini returned from France, but he spent most of his exile in Iraq formenting unrest in Iran. Hussein didn’t kick him out until the Shah asked him too. By then, the end was in sight.

In any case, Carter isn’t President now. And just imagine if this surge actually works. Is there any Democratic candidate who is going to look real strong?

Interesting times.

JackStraw on February 13, 2007 at 8:35 PM

Maybe Sadr is going to see a dentist in Qom or something.

jaleach on February 13, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Yeah, let’s secure the peace in Iraq, so everyone can start birthing the mujahideen of 2030. If our wars are insufficiently deadly, I think we’re hurting ourselves in the long run.

Kralizec on February 13, 2007 at 8:54 PM

With the Mahdi’s falling apart we might just have a prayer of pulling this off

Defector01 on February 13, 2007 at 9:03 PM

What’s he running from anyway? Isn’t he sheltered by Maliki?

SouthernDem on February 13, 2007 at 9:08 PM

Good, let ’em all flee to Iran. On the way let’s set up some spec ops nasty boys to kill a bunch of ’em before they make it back to the hornets’ nest.

If he’s running away, he’s a terrorist. If he’s moving deliberately… he’s a disciplined terrorist.

Mojave Mark on February 13, 2007 at 9:15 PM

even an idiot like me has been calling it for months.

Heh, such ‘idiocy’ – wish we had it by the bushel, or the barrel, or in the millions of whatever unit one prefers.

This has just made Iran more ‘nucular’.

Entelechy on February 13, 2007 at 9:32 PM

Since December, hundreds of Mahdi fighters have fled to Iran – following their nominal leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who is in Qom. More than 1,000 others have been killed or captured.

See there, all you wannabe jihadis? The mighty sadr and his simperingly weak army slinking off to iran at the mere threat of stepped up actions in Iraq.

They sure made us burn in the fury of the islamic fury, didn’t they?

They expect you to sacrifice yourself for allah, but they run away and hide, don’t they? Surely the mighty sadr would not do such a thing, would he?

allah will surely punish his impudence, won’t he?

What if this surge thing actually works? The dems currently bleating like sacrificial lambs in congress are gonna look awfully cowardly, aren’t they?

The facade is cracking. And it’s about damned time.

techno_barbarian on February 13, 2007 at 9:39 PM

Dear Predator Drone Operator:

Look for the trail of HoHo’s and Cap’n Crunch. Should lead you right to the pudgy-mufti.

Limerick on February 13, 2007 at 10:11 PM

Sadr’s out of town? Hmmm… he should be careful. I understand that the Iraq/Iran border has all kinds of unexploded ordinance leftover from the Iraq-Iran war.

It would be a pity if something were to… happen… to him.

Cryin shame it would be… savy?

Jones Zemkophill on February 13, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Dear Predator Drone Operator:

Look for the trail of HoHo’s and Cap’n Crunch. Should lead you right to the pudgy-mufti.

Limerick on February 13, 2007 at 10:11 PM

ROFLMAO!!!!

Man, I almost blew Code Red out my nose onto my keyboard!!

mrfixit on February 13, 2007 at 10:55 PM

Well now, Al-Sadr has fled to Iran to protect the family jewels.

When push comes to shove, they’ll find they are only rhinestones.

pocomoco on February 13, 2007 at 11:09 PM

There once was a man named Muqtada
Who wanted to start Intifada
Not much of a man
He fled to Iran
We’ve not killed him yet… but we oughta

Mojave Mark on February 14, 2007 at 12:31 AM

Sadr is a persian shoe.

csdeven on February 14, 2007 at 12:38 AM

Trade the Isrealis. They’ll whack him.

Griz on February 14, 2007 at 2:20 AM

Hey Mojave, that was a good one….

robo on February 14, 2007 at 3:01 AM

Mookie is a coward. He’s afraid that there is a JDAM with his name on it. Probably a valid fear, IMHO. So, while he runs and hides in Iran, we have the opportunity to dismantle HIS militia, As somebody noted, he is no longer the “strong horse,” but the “weak” one. And this is our chance to destroy his militia (and him when he returns).

georgej on February 14, 2007 at 6:17 AM

Iraq’s borders will be closed in the next few days, but I’ve got a hunch that order doesn’t apply to Sadr.

Can anyone take this serious when the USA borders are open and the president is not backing those who patrol the border?

Wade on February 14, 2007 at 8:26 AM

Sadr is running away from the Christians! Sadr will not face the Christians in battle! He leaves the battle to others! He trembles in fear at the mere thought of the Christian gathering to destroy his great army! Sadr is a coward! He is in Iran, the domain of cowards! He is not a leader, he is a coward!

We need to broadcast this message over Iraq and Iran 24/7.

RedinBlueCounty on February 14, 2007 at 6:00 PM