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Breaking News: US Arrests Ammar al-Hakim
Saturday, 24 February 2007 10:51
by Juan Cole

US troops arrested Ammar al-Hakim, the son of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, on his return from Iran. There are conflicting reports on whether he has been released.

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim is the leader of the United Iraqi Alliance, the major bloc in parliament, and is enormously powerful and influential in Iraq. He also heads the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and its Badr Corps paramilitary. He visited Bush in the White House on Dec. 4. If the arrest of his son was deliberate, it could be a significant break between the US and its Shiite allies in Iraq. If it was an accident, it was inexcusable stupidity.

It is also possible that the MEK terrorist organization, which Saddam had given a base in Iraq from which it could blow things up in Iran, is funneling disinformation to the US military. The MEK operatives are still in Iraq and their spies monitor the border, and I have a sense that they are trying to drive a wedge between the US and SCIRI. SCIRI has repeatedly called for their expulsion from the country.
UPDATE from Cole: The US has released Ammar al-Hakim and US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad apologized profusely for his arrest. The US military is giving three reasons for his arrest: He entered Iraq at a closed border station, his passport was expired, and his party was armed to the teeth. In fact, however, his passport was valid until September 17, 2007, and nobody travels overland in Iraq without being armed. It is most likely that the US doesn't want Shiite leaders slipping over to Iran in this way, because it is trying to reduce Iranian influence with US allies in Iraq. That is, al-Hakim's offense was probably his trip itself, though that cannot be admitted by Washington.
Juan Cole blogs at www.juancole.com 

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a guest said:

Juan Cole - Apologist for Mullahs in Iran
Juan Cole's piece above shows again that he is an ardent sympathizer with the ruling butchers of Tehran who parade under the mask of religiosity and oppress their people, engage in terrorism, fan the flames of sectarianism, and seek regional hegemony through nuclear weapons. His enthusiam for the mullahs is common knowledge but his disingenious shedding of crocodile tears for the war in Iraq is hypocrytical. This is a war that Iran's terrormasters duped the US administration to get into by funneling lies about Saddam's WMD through this same SCIRI terrorist outfit to US hawks eager to deal with Saddam and they fell for it big time. The US has been had by this outfit and Iran and now that everyone is on to the game Mr. Cole is worried that his hand is tipped. Keep worrying Juan, there is more to come.
February 24, 2007
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a guest said:

Hey Wanker..
It shows nothing of the sort.

fficial&hs=w2y&ct=title&ie=ISO-8859-1&ncl=1113894776'>Here you can see the US has bent over for Iran in setting the kid free. That's right - spread those cheeks.

Boo Hoo.
February 24, 2007 | url
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a guest said:

America, Russia & China gettin ready to carve up the Middle East.....

the table is set.

the AGEIS cruiser vs the SS22 "sunburn" missile.
February 25, 2007 | url
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a guest said:

Whoa horsey's.
It's time to saddle up, learn to not hate, mount up the Cavary, avoid getting carved like we wish carrion after the turkey shoot, and gallop home from the Middle East with the troops.

O, yuze think a 'civil people' would try and learn how to negotiate and be diplomatic with these 'burnt--steak' options. Gads. O, over 100,000,000 stinky corpses have rotted in past "surges" forward. So, and that's what the 1st Pro-War Comment Apologist for a "surge" forward wants?

I don't even wish to come eat or carve and cut at that rotten dead-lame-horse's compost pile-of-crap! O, him'a a wretch that's so hungry, and run out of govt. issue red-raw-meat, food-stamps? That is where the comment comes fron, neocons are so starved for blood they eat horse carrion? yuck.
February 25, 2007 | url
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a guest said:

Hakim Kid
T believe the US had the 3 valid reasons to arrest this kid and his body guards, he was up to no good and got caught. Daddy is mad. Please give me a break. I say get out and let them sort it out.
February 25, 2007
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