A thorn in the side of US policy

Darwish, Adel
October 2004
Middle East;Oct2004, Issue 349, p14
The article focuses on the latest upheavals in Iraq. The latest upheavals in Iraq are inextricably linked with the name of Muqtada Al Sadr (Al Sadr). Najaf holy shrines, including the mausoleum of the fourth Caliph, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib, cousin and son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed, and the first man on earth to believe his mission as a messenger of god. In September 2003, Sadr supporters took over the tomb of Imam Ali, leading to bloody clashes with the Badr militia of the Iran-backed Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).


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