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Al-Sadr Calls for Anti-U.S. Rally

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

At the close of a particularly bloody week in and around Baghdad, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr railed against the U.S. on Friday, urging Iraqis to join in a protest against American “occupation, destruction and terrorism.” The date set for the protest is April 9, four years after the fall of Baghdad.

Washington Post:

As al-Sadr’s remarks were read in a mosque, Shiites in Baghdad loaded wooden coffins into vans and shoveled broken glass and other debris into wheelbarrows in the aftermath of a double suicide bombing at a marketplace. At least 181 people were killed or found dead Thursday as Sunni insurgents apparently stepped up their campaign of bombings to derail the seven-week-old security sweep in Baghdad.

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By irfan, March 31, 2007 at 9:31 am Link to this comment
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sadr is person who ignite civil war in iraq. sadr having his medi army who do killing peoples of sunny sect in iraq.iran is supporting and helping sadr to kill sunni community in iraq. Mehdi army also responsible for kidnaping sunni peoples and snatching thir properties in iraq. sadr is evil person he is biggest killer of iraq. sadr should also bring in court for Shiite Cleric Sayyed Abdul Majeed al-Khoei killing as a news under
Azzaman, March 16, 2007

The widow of the slain Shiite Cleric Sayyed Abdul Majeed al-Khoei accused the firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr of ordering the murder of her husband.

“They brought my husband who was wounded and bleeding and in chains at the doorstep of Moqtada for negotiations.

“When they (the assailants) asked Moqtada what they should do with him, he said: ‘I do not know him. Do to him what you want,” she said.

Khoei was murdered only days after returning to Iraq from exile in London. He was hacked to death by a mob at the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf.

Khoei came from a distinguished family of Shiite Muslim clergy who promoted dialogue among Iraq’s various faiths.

Khoei’s widow said she had witnesses hearing a Sadr aide shouting: “Kill him.”

Sadr is a suspect along with two dozen people in the murder. The case was put before an Iraqi court who issued sentences but the court rulings are said to have been shelved to avoid further violence.

Khoei who was brought up in Najaf was reported to have a plan to rebuild the city and eyewitnesses quoted him as telling his killers:

“I have come to bring your disparate factions together. I love you and want to unite you. Why do you want to kill me?”

His wife said the last phrase Khoei uttered was: “Those whom I loved killed me.”

She said she and her family were adamant to pursue the court case until the killers were brought to justice.

“The Iraqi government and U.S. troops would like to overlook the case and have been postponing it indefinitely, saying that Iraq’s current condition do not warrant a trial,” she said.

if sadr is hanged as like sadam iraq will come in to peace

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By Kol Klink, March 30, 2007 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment
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As long as the US is doing the job for the Shiia in Iraq, that is, going after the Sunnis, why should the Shiia rise up and take on the US occupation forces?

Now there is clucking by the chicken hawk neo cons in DC to ‘open a two front fight against the insurgency’. That is, take on the Sunni and Shiia resistance at the same time. Will this work?

Mr William S. Lind is a military genius and a military historian. He believes that several scenarios that might take place in Iraq could cost us our entire army in Iraq. I have posted in the link below what he has to say.

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By Quy Tran, March 30, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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This old theme is still effective within Muslim world. Bush/Cheney have to open their eyes widely.

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By felicity, March 30, 2007 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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Not only has George Bush managed to inflame hatred for America in the Iraqi people, apparently it’s rife world-wide.  I just put two 16-year-old grandaughters on a plane bound for Italy - spring break/high school study group - with the strict instructions that they would not be allowed to wear t-shirts, sweatshirts or show logos on their clothes while in Italy.  Reason?  By not wearing typical American teen-age outfits, they were not as likely to be identified as Americans.  Very sad.

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