Skip to comments.Anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq after 3-year absence, Iraqi officials say
Posted on 01/05/2011 7:14:21 AM PST by markomalley
Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led several Shiite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before travelling to neighbouring Iran at least three years ago, has returned to Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
Al-Sadr's return caps another dramatic rise to prominence for him and his followers after they were routed by Iraqi and U.S. forces and appeared to fade from power just a few years ago. The strong showing by his bloc in last year's parliamentary elections and his key support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki paved the way for Wednesday's return.
It was not immediately clear how long al-Sadr would stay in Iraq or whether the return marked a permanent decision to remain in the country, where his presence would certainly mark a seismic shift in Iraqi politics.
A Sadrist official in Baghdad, Mohammed al-Kaabi, said al-Sadr was in the holy city of Najaf south of Baghdad at his family home and that he was on his way to visit the 36-year-old cleric.
An official with al-Maliki's office confirmed a plane carrying al-Sadr flew into the southern city earlier Wednesday afternoon. He did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.
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A hit is needed!
Just in case you wondered what that smell was.
Mookie needs a bullet betwixt his beady little eyes.
This murderer needs to be given a dirt nap ASAP.
A hit? Haven’t you heard? He is a member of the heroic Iraqi democratic government under our great friend, Maliki. Your tax dollars at work. Happy now?
Why didn’t we kill this guy.
We need to keep a strong presence there not too far from the border.
He changed his name? I thought he went by Radical Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Maybe he's trying to go incognito...
Welcome home, Mookie. Now.. stand for a photo op.. right there... yes.. in the middle of that street...
Why? He went away and hitting him would have caused more problems at the time than it was worth. Now, times have changed!
Mookie needs another Saddam, but one that listens to us. Democracy in Iraq means Mookie and friends in power.
We´ve been to busy protecting Iraqi Christians?
Think of how much perfectly good oxygen he’s been wasting. Let’s do it; for the planet!
The last 4-5 paragraphs of this article are significant.
Yes, there have been other, even nastier signs, too. I put it at about two weeks ago.How I despise, loathe and detest that Sadr vermin.
Believe me, we can always tell when he's around. He makes his evil presence quite known.
Yep, Al Sadr will eventually kill Al Maliki and deliver Iraq to Iran. That was and is his goal.
You may remember, sometime ago around 2004-5, Al Sadr terrorists killed two of Ayatollah Al Sastani’s aids and fought us. We tried to capture Al Sadr but he escaped to Iran, back and forth.
It was the time that the IEDs started, just like the last couple of years in Afghanistan.
Al Sadr is no longer worried about us because of our coward in chief. If Iraq is run by Iraq, I wonder how we are going to drive away the Iranian and Shiite forces from Kuwaiti, Saudi and Jordanian borders.
We have 0b0z0 and no hundreds of thousands of troops for a renewed effort!
One of the best ways to clean out a lot of the shiite in Iraq would be to whack the mucky, then cluster-bomb his funeral gathering...