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US Plot to Ambush al-Sadr Fails

independent.co.uk story:

The US Army tried to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr, the widely revered Shia cleric, after luring him to peace negotiations at a house in the holy city of Najaf, which it then attacked, according to a senior Iraqi government official.

The revelation of this extraordinary plot, which would probably have provoked an uprising by outraged Shia if it had succeeded, has left a legacy of bitter distrust in the mind of Mr Sadr for which the US and its allies in Iraq may still be paying. "I believe that particular incident made Muqtada lose any confidence or trust in the [US-led] coalition and made him really wild," the Iraqi National Security Adviser Dr Mowaffaq Rubai'e told The Independent in an interview. It is not known who gave the orders for the attempt on Mr Sadr but it is one of a series of ill-considered and politically explosive US actions in Iraq since the invasion. In January this year a US helicopter assault team tried to kidnap two senior Iranian security officials on an official visit to the Iraqi President. Earlier examples of highly provocative actions carried out by the US with

little thought for the consequences include the dissolution of the Iraqi army and the Baath party.

As Bartcop said about this story, if the US invites you to attend a "peace conference," you better watch your ass because it's almost certainly a trap.


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Comments (2)

Paul Hamilton:

As usual, the military is always fighting the LAST war -- but in this case, we're actually fighting the conflict from at least two wars ago. There is a myth of a centralized al Qaeda, but you'd think we'd have learned by now that killing one man won't fix anything. These folks are independent contractors, if you will, and this is why it's so difficult to defeat.

Peter F.:

Are we to take away that you DON'T want Sadr out of the picture?


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