Maliki orders US forces to free an aide to Muqtada al Sadr.
U.S. forces have released a senior aide to Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on the orders of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the prime minister’s office said on Wednesday.
Ahmed Shibani, who had been held for more than a year, is a senior aide to Sadr, a radical anti-American cleric who is also the leader of the Mehdi Army militia which Washington recently called the greatest threat to security in Iraq. Sadr’s political movement is an important part of the coalition government and holds several ministries.
“(Shibani) has been released this afternoon on the orders of Prime Minister Maliki,” an official in the prime minister’s office told Reuters.
Hat-tip to P. O’Neill.