Gates: al-Sadr would not be arrested by US

April 11, 2008 8:11:04 AM PDT
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doubts the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr would be subject to arrest by U.S. forces. Al-Sadr is believed to be in Iran while elements of his Mahdi Army in the Sadr City section of Baghdad fight Iraqi government troops supported by the U.S. military. Al-Sadr advocates the departure of all U.S. forces.

Gates was asked about the U.S. view of al-Sadr at a Pentagon news conference Friday. At the same news conference, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Admiral Michael Mullen - called al-Sadr "an enigma."