Sadr spokesman Salah al-Obeidi (al-Ubaydi) in Najaf bitterly attacked Iran, accusing it of seeking to share with the US in influence over Iraq. He pointed to the Iranian's regime's failure to condemn the long-term mutual security agreement being crafted by the Bush administration and the al-Maliki government. Al-Obeidi's angry denunciation suggests that Iran is backing PM Nuri al-Maliki and his current chief ally, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq led by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim against the Sadr Movement of Muqtada al-Sadr.As always, take this with a big grain of salt. It may mean everything or nothing.
IS IRAN FINALLY CHOOSING SIDES?....Hmmm. From Juan Cole, here's another tidbit of evidence that Iran has decided to abandon Muqtada al-Sadr and throw in completely with the Dawa/ISCI/Maliki government forces: