Sadrist rumor: Someone tried to kill Muqtada; Update: Sadr to cancel truce with SCIRI too?

posted at 4:33 pm on February 20, 2008 by Allahpundit

Pure crap (he’s probably in Iran, doubtless with an impressive security detail) but worrisome given the deadline this weekend for him to decide whether to extend the Mahdi Army’s ceasefire with Petraeus. Smells to me like a pretext for calling it off, with the M.O. ginned up to capitalize on the rumors in the region about Mughniyeh having been only one of several targets in a massive Mossad operation against jihadi MVPs. This conveniently puts Sadr in that category:

I think this is related to Muqtada’s sudden decision today “Cleric threatens to end Iraq ceasefire”, the “Breaking News” report on Nahrain Net [Sadrists website] says; the symptoms started since month ago probably the attempt was done by a toxic or a radio active material.

The source said; there are suspicions of American – Israeli and possibly British intelligences behind this assassination attempt.

This source did not give more details but he said that the situation is under control.

He’s not really going to gamble his popularity on destabilizing Iraq anew, is he? Petraeus is playing it cool but Sadr’s lackeys claim he’s leaning towards calling it off, possibly on a region by region basis. Maybe he figures it’s one thing for him to lie low while the Iraqi government’s doing jack and another thing to lie low when there are signs of reconciliation, which threaten his legitimacy as a Shiite partisan. Plus, the longer he plays nice, the easier it is for the GOP to defend the war and extend the occupation. No time like the present. Quote:

With deadly attacks against U.S. targets increasing around Baghdad, anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raised the possibility Wednesday that he may not renew a six-month cease-fire widely credited for helping slash violence…

A surge of violence would also make it all the more difficult for Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to reach agreements on sharing power and wealth, and greatly complicate the debate in the United States on whether and how quickly to withdraw troops.

His spokesman says if you don’t hear anything by Saturday, it’s game on.

Update: The Sadrist/SCIRI truce is on yellow alert too.

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I would have to think if he comes out and shows his mug, it would have to be martyr time for him.

TroubledMonkey on February 20, 2008 at 4:43 PM

His spokesman says if you don’t hear anything by Saturday, it’s game on.

Wonderful. I don’t think he’ll have the Isrealis, Americans, and Brits to worry about. I’m sure if he withdraws the ceasefire, a few of his Iraqi countrymen will be more than happy to clip his sorry a$$.

And I’m talking about the ones he goes to mosque with.

natesnake on February 20, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Has Obama offered him a cabinet position yet?

Chuck Schick on February 20, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Sacrificing the well-being of all Iraqis for his own twisted personality cult. If only we could afford to cap his sorry arse. What a mess.

joewm315 on February 20, 2008 at 4:59 PM

If it is “game on”, we need to do what we SHOULD have done the moment he started making trouble, so long ago…
Go in there massively, Fallujah style, and take him out, along with as much of the Mahdi militia as possible.

Alalazoo on February 20, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Looks like a BS excuse to end the ceasefire and start up a new campaign to me.

doubleplusundead on February 20, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Hit his boys first and hit ’em hard. Then find him and send him to Allah on the buisness end of a Hellfire.

SuperCool on February 20, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Let`s be honest, we all new it wouldn`t last.

ThePrez on February 20, 2008 at 5:22 PM

His crew is so fractured now that, if he starts something, it’s more likely he be fighting other Shia militiamen and the Iraqi Army far more than U.S. forces. Likely we could just stand back, supply air support where needed, and let the Iraqis themselves clean his house out. And would that send a message to others wanting to stir up trouble.

michaelo on February 20, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Let`s be honest, we all new it wouldn`t last.

Yeah, true enough.

Allahpundit on February 20, 2008 at 5:23 PM

We need Bush to give this the ol’

“Bring it on”


tommylotto on February 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

News here

NAJAF, Iraq – Radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada Al Sadr’s movement yesterday backtracked from an announcment that it was ending a truce with its main Shia rival aimed at reducing tension between the two groups.

crosspatch on February 20, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Maybe someone should give Sadr the suicide hotline number.

Iblis on February 20, 2008 at 6:04 PM

I bet at the last minute he does something like “in the interest of bringing my country together we will tollerate the infidels a little while longer to prevent the suffering the the Iraqi people; but we reserve the right to call off the ceasefire anytime.” He will look like a hero. They huff and puff and then stay in line. Politically what happened in Karbala was a mess for him. He is not so stupid as to squander his appearing as a reason for peace returning to Bagdad. The Iraqi’s wont tollerate violence erupting again.

Bluffing is a way of life in the middle east.

Corey Wayne on February 20, 2008 at 6:15 PM

He is going to find a different environment that 6 months ago…little fat bitch.

tomas on February 20, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Bluffing is a way of life in the middle east.

Corey Wayne on February 20, 2008 at 6:15 PM

We need to call this bluff with some of our JDAMs and some of Iraq’s finest.

liquidflorian on February 20, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Not to mention, if the Mossad wanted his fat ass dead he would be.

liquidflorian on February 20, 2008 at 6:52 PM

It’s past time that Sadr be fitted out with a toe tag.

Zorro on February 20, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Sistani wanted Mookie around before, now, not so much. If JAM goes back to its old ways it gets declared rouge, the rest of Mookie’s life will be measured in hours…

elgeneralisimo on February 20, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Iraqi blogger Ladybird, who Allah got the report from, knows the ins and out of Iraq’s politics and conspiracy theories.

Ladybird, who is half Turkemen and half-Kurdish was taught English by her friend, the late Margaret Hassen, the head of Care in Iraq, who was kidnapped and murdered.

Ladybird escaped Iraq after Saddam’s Mukbaharat lured her two cousins to death. Her family (she’s from Kirkuk) and relatives were heavily involved in Communist politics, so when the Baathists came to power, they purged the Communists violently, including her father who was jailed but survived.

Ladybird in her role with the International Red Cross
has been involved in several wars, been shot at, kidnapped, bitten by snakes. A very fascinating figure.

Mister Ghost
Iraqi Bloggers Central
The In T Views

Mister Ghost on February 20, 2008 at 7:37 PM

If he uses a fictional attempt on his life to call off the cease-fire then we should grant him an actual one. I say anybody that bumps off this jerk is doing a service.

CP on February 20, 2008 at 8:05 PM