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Sadr back in Iraq

Radical anti-U.S. Cleric returns from exile


Moktada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric whose militia displayed the toughest resistance against the American military, returned to Iraq on Wednesday following a three-year exile to cries of “long live the leader!” Sadr’s militant movement fractured following his self-imposed exile to the holy city of Qum in Iran in 2007, when his militia was defeated and divided. But in the 2009 local elections, they made an impressive comeback and proved to be shrewd political negotiators. Sadr is said to be the only viable opponent to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. His arrival in Iraq was eerily reminiscent of Ayatollah Khomeini’s triumphant return to Tehran following Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Whether he stays in Iraq long enough to become the leader his followers are hoping for is uncertain. At the very least, Sadr’s return to Iraq is an event that will certainly complicate Iraqi democracy, its stability already fragile in its infancy.

New York Times

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Sadr back in Iraq

  1. Sadam Husein re-incarnated!

    • Saddam wasn't religious, he was just a regular power-hungry strong man. With Sadr's ideological underpinnings this guy could easily prove worse were he to come to power.

  2. It just goes to show, sometimes you can't put the genie back in the bottle once it gets out. It's a cinch that Mokhtada al-Sadr is going to be problem for Nour al-Malaki, or anybody else who wants to try to govern Iraq.

  3. What we need is a Department of Two Guys named Vinnie

    We would say, "You know Vinnie, this guy Moktada al-Sadr is worrying a lot of people. I wouldn't be surprised if something bad happened to him".

    Then cooincidentally, something would.

    • Yes, let's just go around murdering the equivalent of a bishop in someone else's country.

      Way to win hearts and minds…..

      • I don't think Marc was implying that he be murdered ( thats not polliticly correct.) He would just have one of those sudden unexplained heart attacks, or fall over board while fishing maybe……….

  4. You can't have them both named Vinne, because that would be confusing things.