U.S. forces today arrested Dr. Muthanna Harith al-Dhari, information director for The Association of Islamic Scholars and son to Sheik al-Dhari, the president of the committee and Sunni Islam's loudest voice in Iraq.
The cleric became a hero in Fallujah, the heart of the Anbar insurgency, for running aid convoys and ushering refugees to safety. He has also developed a reputation as the person to contact in order to negotiate the peaceful return of foriegn hostages. His organization does not recognize the legitimacy of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi government.
At the same time, U.S. forces fought with followers of Moqtada al-Sadr, possibly trying to arrest him... this after arresting the head of al-Sadr's office in Karbala.
It is not known whether the dual confrontation was intentional, but by pressuring the most important leaders of both major sources of resistance in Iraq, the U.S. are tempting fate once again and risk inciting another significant, large-scale uprising.