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According to Juan Cole, Moqtada al-Sadr and his movement are nationalists who are opposed to Iranian influence in Iraq. IIRC, Cole also said that Sadr didn't flee to Iran but probably bedded down in Sadr City, where, of course, there would be plenty of Mahdi Army fighters to protect him.
by Gag Halfrunt on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 08:21:21 AM EST
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That's been my understanding, as well. Much too much is made [conveniently] of Iranian influence in Iraq.

Perhaps Iranians have had a hand in central politics, contributing as best as possible to the stabilization of the volatile situation but, short of force, the Iraqi parliament, a popularly elected body, contrary to the executive, which is appointed, is bound to support popular opinion.

The Iran/Iraq war is far too fresh a memory for Iraqis to embrace Iranian intervention in their politics.

Hear what Raed Jarrar has to say [1' 20"]:


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by Loefing on Sun Oct 12th, 2008 at 10:29:05 AM EST
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