June 7, 2008

SHHHHHH....:

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Maliki visiting Iran: On a mission to improve relations between the countries, Maliki is expected to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Ned Parker, 6/07/08, Los Angeles Times)

Government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said the visit was a pragmatic one.

"In the end, the Americans are leaving, but we are staying here and the Iranians are here -- we have to work as neighbors, we have to build our relations as good neighbors," Dabbagh said.

Sadr declared a freeze on the fighting in Basra in late March only after a delegation of Iraqi lawmakers met him in the Iranian holy city of Qom, said Ali Adeeb, a senior member of Maliki's Islamic Dawa Party who was involved in that meeting.


...the neocons think Maliki is standing up to Iranian influence.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2008 8:38 PM
Comments

Even NPR is reporting on the weapons caches the US and Iraqi forces are finding in Sadr City.

Mookie's "army", and those of his rivals and outcasts, are losing. Being hundreds of miles away isn't helping him, either to confront or to control.

As other comments have noted, it is likely that the Iranians won't allow Mook to leave, even if he wanted to. Another few weeks of clean-up in Sadr City, and the people may not want him back, either.

Posted by: ratbert at June 8, 2008 1:05 AM

A few guns in Sadr City don't matter as much as an ayatollahood. It's hard to take the family legit.

Posted by: oj at June 8, 2008 4:39 AM
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