This from the Reza Kahlili blog A Time To Betray.
April 24, 2011 – TEHRAN – Iranian State Owned Fars News Agency reports:
A US military base in Iraq’s Southern city of Diwaniyah came under rocket attack, Iraqi sources announced on Sunday. Three Katyusha shells targeted a US base West of Diwaniyah, provincial capital city of Iraq’s Qadisiyyah, late last night. The scale of the possible damage and the number of casualties are still unknown. (Edited for space.)
However, the most important part of this article is the following statement.
Meantime, senior Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Kazzem al-Hosseini al-Haeri condemned the attempts made by Washington to prolong its military deployment in Iraq, and issued a Fatwa (religious decree) against the presence of the US forces in the country after the end of 2011.
“The extended mission of the infidel occupiers in Iraq even for one single day after the mentioned date (as cited in the security agreement) is haram (religiously forbidden),” he stated. (Emphasis mine.)
Please read the entire article for more information.
Analysis. This looks like a bit of a gentle nudge to the Americans to get out of Iraq earlier than planned in light of the fatwa by Grand ayatollah al-Haeri. It is also to be taken as part of the general low intensity conflict now going on in the Middle East between Sunni represented by the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Shi’i represented by Iran and notionally Syria. At the moment the major focus is on Syria because that is where people are dying in relatively large numbers. However, we must not be distracted from the Persian Gulf. Although fewer people are dying, the strategic importance is just as great as the Syrian revolution.
This also gives us a possible look into the Iranian timetable for bringing forth the Mahdi. Barring other consequences it would appear that the Iranians will wait until US forces are out of Iraq. However, as mentioned in The Coming is Upon Us the other timetable factor is the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. It is just as possible that (not an) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will go to bed one night and fail to wake up the next morning as it is for King Abdullah. Even if Khamenei should proceed Abdullah, the Mesbah Yazdi group that is pushing this war to bring forth the Mahdi will still probably go to war. They understand that this particular time is the best chance they may have for 1000 years to bring forth the Mahdi.