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Sadr off to Tehran

ABC News reports that anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has fled to Tehran. Predictably the right wing blogs are ballyhooing this as a sign that Bush's "surge" is working. That may well be true but regardless, this story just doesn't pass the smell test for me. I wonder how much it is simply part of the larger narrative about Iran that the Bush administration has been trying to push. Consider that when talk of a "surge" was first floated, many felt it was in response to the growing threat posed by al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia. Now we are told that not only is Iran supplying these militias with bombs and weapons being used against US forces but are also "harboring" a man who Newsweek once called "The Most Dangerous Man in Iraq".

More from Michael J.W. Stickings, John in DC, and Steve Soto.

Update: Not surprisingly, al-Sadr's people are denying he fled the country.

(Filed at State of the Day)