26 May 2007

He's baaaack..., continued

U.S. Forces Raid Al-Sadr's Stronghold

BAGHDAD - A day after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced to end nearly four months in hiding and demand U.S. troops leave Iraq, American forces raided his Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes Saturday.

U.S. and Iraqi forces called in the air strikes after a raid in which they captured a "suspected terrorist cell leader," the U.S. military said in statement.

The statement claimed the captured man was "the suspected leader in a secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training."

Analysis on Sadr's return from Bill Roggio. I'm sure Bill will have more on these newest developments later.

In the meanwhile, hold this thought.

Update 27 May: Bill's latest post is here. Interesting thoughts in the comments, too.

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