Baghdad; last Sunday:
Laith al-Khazali got sprung... and promptly upon arrival in the Sadr City district did the fade-into-the-woodwork move.
The official reason for his release is
“As part of a reconciliation effort between the government of Iraq and Asa’ib al-Haq, the decision has been made to release Layth Khazali,” said Lt. Col. Brian Maka, a spokesman for the American military commander here, in an e-mailed response to questions from The New York Times.Unofficially, this is step one of an exchange to get back five British nationals who were kidnapped, likely by other members of the same Iranian-backed group run by the al-Khazalis... or their bosses.
The al-Maliki government (Iraq) is claiming to not know about this release.
This better work.