Best news yet from Iraq. Mookie has lit out for the territories, i.e. to his buddies in Tehran:
"Sources believe al Sadr is worried about an increase of 20,000 U.S. troops in the Iraqi capital. One official told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, "He is scared he will get a JDAM [bomb] dropped on his house. Sources say some of the Mahdi army leadership went with al Sadr."
He should have been killed a long time ago. But skedaddling will have to do. Captain Ed has more.
UPDATE Well, maybe not, according to his Iraq associates, one of whom calls the little thug "his eminence." Let’s hope his demise becomes imminent.
Army veteran and freelance Iraq embed Michael Yon emails Op-For with this surprising conclusion:
"At this point I would say we are probably actually losing the war, but I really think this can be turned around. Petraeus is just the man who can do it. He’s brilliant and is ready to slam those militias. We need to kill Sadr. We will lose a lot of people taking on the militias, but we should either take them on or pack up and go home. I vote for killing them."
Yon emailed me this on Christmas Day: "I hope we finally kill al Sadr," but asked me not to post it. Now that he’s lifted the embargo, so to speak, I no longer feel constrained. And certainly agree.
Yon’s latest dispatch from Mosul is, as always, worth a read.
"Mahdi Army fighters said Thursday they were under siege in their Sadr City stronghold as U.S. and Iraqi troops killed or seized key commanders in pinpoint nighttime raids."