In growing anarchy throughout Iraq, it is being reported that supporters of Muslim cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr took over government and religious buildings
in Najaf, Iraq. Sources also indicate al-Sadr is in the Ali Mosque, one of Shia Muslim's holiest shrines located in Najaf.
it seems that Al-Sadr is the link that is connecting the two factions of muslims, Sunni's and Shi'ites. Al Sadr is vowing not to be captured alive
and is also promising that resistance will continue regardless of what happens to him.
Sad to say but if we don't go in there TO WIN all may be lost in short order and we could end up with another Viet Nam like Teddy Kennedy was spewing
on about yesterday...
This is a terrible situation getting worse every minute we don't go in and clean it up.
Seems we are at a crossroads in Iraq. Do we follow through and finish this, which will cost many lives and much bloodshed OR do we walk away?
This guy has set the stage which is a failure on our part in and of itself (the fact we allowed this to happen). We now have someone else choosing the
battlefield, a HUGE tactical mistake.
Worse yet, the battlefield favors this man and his crew by several orders of magnitude over our troops. Our technology is not as big of an advantage
in house to house urban warfare when compared to the terrain knowledge/popular sympathy possesed by the enemy...
A critical stage has been thrust upon our forces, will they win the day?
I think this cleric, Sadr, isn't as influential as the media makes him. He doesn't carry broad Shiite support. And, he's wanted for killing off
another Shiite cleric. Now, if this was that Sistanti person, I think we'd be in a lot of trouble. Rather, a lot more trouble. Still, things are
about to get ugly.
here's another link that should be of interest: Who Is Muqtada al-Sadr
"His father, the Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, was the most powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq in the late 1990s. His uncle, Ayatollah Mohammad
Baqir al-Sadr, was a leading Shiite activist before his execution by Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1980. Muqtada al-Sadr went underground in February
1999 after a spray of gunfire—from Saddam’s agents, according to most accounts—killed his father and two brothers. He inherited a network of schools
and charities built by his father, along with the allegiance of many of his followers. Only 31, Sadr lacks the decades-long religious training
required of high-ranking Shiite authorities. He bases his claim to authority on his lineage. "
Who are Iraq's Mehdi Army?
Iraq's Mehdi Army (MA) militia probably has no more than a few thousand actual members but its potential for organising unrest is clear from the
street battles which erupted in Shia parts of the country.
"Safe" cities turned lethal overnight for the coalition this April
It was created in the summer of 2003, prompted by radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr, who preached the need for a new force in his sermons.
Young men were recruited at offices near mosques to defend the Shia Muslim faith and their country in defiance of the US-led coalition's arms
One year on from the invasion, Mr Sadr's movement continues to take on new members, now feeding on dissatisfaction with the coalition among Shia who
initially welcomed the ousting of Saddam Hussein and the end to curbs on their faith. bbc link
It's about time we took this chump out. If he wants to try and start some 3rd rate preemptive coup, that's his business and he'll see what it gets
him. I honestly don't understand what took so long. I'm so tired of hearing "I'm a mullah and everyone needs to do what I say" from
these pasty-faced, sunken-eyed, wannabes. The man reminds me of a chubby Ayatollah Khameni. Make no mistake, I fully respect those who work for the
title and legitimately practice the religion in it's true form. I'm just tired of seeing what seems to be every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the middle
east claiming the title of mullah and pushing for political power because they think it gives them that right. As Bremer said, "this man has
a fundamentally inaccurate view of the future of Iraq".
Once again the same lesson is happening, you can conquer a country, but you can't occupy it forever. If the majority of the population doesn't want
you there your gonna eventually get booted out. Attrition sucks...
Ah it's nice to see the American attitude fluourishing. Do what we say or else! I have watched this since the development. Of course Geroge Bush
is going to say that he's evil. He has huge support around the country and Sadr's support will only grow larger. He wants to establish a Muslim
Law type system. What is the harm in that. The Muslim laws are very strict. But of course Sadr does not like the United States because it is doing
everything to suppress religious power in Iraq.
I can't remember his name, but another cleric was killed outside a mosque in Iraq last year. He was also very popular with the people. His death
seemed a little suspicious as his support was getting larger and his stance was definitely Anti-American. Are we really interested in restoring Iraq
to what the people want in a free democratically elected people by the people. Or, are we going to thrust a way of life onto the Iraqi people.
If we do the latter, the violence will never end and coalition soldiers will continue to die there. Let them elect who they want. If they get stuck
with some #head, then it's they're own fault and will have to live with it. Like we live with Bush. Oh wait, he wasn't really elected either.
Maybe another country is pulling an intelligence coup on the U.S.
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