According to Fox News, Death squad leaders have fled Baghdad to evade capture or killing by U.S. and Iraqi forces before the start of the troop "surge" and security crackdown in the capital.
According to a former Iraqi minister most of the leaders loyal to Al-Sadr have gone into hiding in Iran.
Among those said to have fled is Abu Deraa, theShiite militia leader whose appetite for sectarian savagery has been compared to that of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who was killed last year.
The Former minister who did not want to be named, said that Prime Minster Nouri Al-Maliki had encouraged them to leave Baghdad. He further stated that weapons belonging to the Mahdi Army have been hidden inside the Iraqi Interior Ministry to avoid confiscation.
It looks like it's time for a trip to the Interior Ministry Building to look for those weapons. If they are found Al-Maliki will have a lot of explaining to do, both to President Bush and the Iraqi People.