Bending the Third Rail
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Friday, February 23, 2007
Watch Out Who You Arrest
Juan Cole is labeling this a breaking story of some importance:
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.
I'm gonna bet on the inexcusable stupidity. If it was on purpose there will be quite a dust-up between the Iraq "government" and Bush.