This might sully Hizballah's reputation in the mid east.
Mahdi Army trains with Hezbollah
Muqtada al Sadr admits direct involvement with Lebanese Hezbollah and, by default, Iran
'While recent press reporting has been skeptical of the Mahdi Army's involvement with Hezbollah and Iran, Muqtada al Sadr and members his Mahdi Army militia are openly admitting to their links with Hezbollah. In recent interviews with Britain's The Independent, Sadr clearly and proudly admitted to working hand in hand with Lebanese Hezbollah, which is an arm of Iran's Qods Force. "We have formal links with Hezbollah, we do exchange ideas and discuss the situation facing Shiites in both countries," Sadr told The Independent. "It is natural that we would want to improve ourselves by learning from each other. We copy Hezbollah in the way they fight and their tactics, we teach each other and we are getting better through this." '