As comebacks go, that of Muqtada al-Sadr, set to come first in Iraq's general election, is up there with Lazarus.After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 toppled the tyrannical minority rule of. Muqtada al-Sadr, perhaps the second most influential Shiite leader in Iraq after Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, on Thursday urged Shiite militia forces to be patient and stand down because the crisis is over between the U.S. and Iran . Therefore, measuring the impact of his politics on Iran's influence depends on how the Iranians perceive Iraqi nationalism and whether they are willing to tolerate a more independent, Iraq-centric approach by Shi'a actors The reason is that they think that if the status, position and authority of Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr - and that is a reasonable and important assumption - shifts to become against Iran and the resistance forces, big changes will take place in Iraq, which is extremely accurate
With nationalist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his political allies now in the driver’s seat in Iraq’s parliament, U.S. military planners and diplomats are grappling with what the former militia leader’s dramatic rise to power means for U.S. policy — and whether he turns out to be the Iranian puppet many had feared.If getting rid of Saddam was a favor of God, why was it that God waited until the Americans came in to do the job?The announcement came just over 24 hours after polls closed across the country amid record low voter turnout. It included full returns from only 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including the provinces of Baghdad and Basra.
I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He's Iraq's Best Hope. The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist Powerful Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced an unexpected political alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, greets Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada Al Sadr during a mourning ceremony commemorating Ashoura, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 10. Tehran: Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr joined Iran's supreme leader during a rare visit to Tehran to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, state media reported Wednesday
Iraqi Election Front-Runner Moktada al-Sadr Courts Partners to Govern A cleric spoke at a rally for the Sairoon alliance led by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr in Baghdad last week. Credit.. Following Khoei's assassination, supporters of Muqtada demonstrated outside the home of Grand Ayatollah 'Ali al-Sistani, the most senior ayatollah in the Hawza, calling on him to go back to Iran. The siege ended only after Sistani called in 1,500 tribesmen from surrounding areas to disperse the crowd spkt.io/a/442332 The prominent Shi'ite Iraqi cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, appears to be attempting to set himself up as a recognized religious authority in Iraq - even though his studies in the holy city of Qom in Iran have not yet qualified him to issue fatwas. His recent tweets appear to be aimed at pleasing Tehran, which follows the doctrine of velayat-e. The Shiites heeded the call. But when they were in full rebellion against Saddam, the American air cover they expected never came. Moreover, the U.S. let Hussein use his own helicopter gunships to crush the revolt. Shiites were killed by the thousands.
(Newser) - Iran was behind the recently struck deal between Nouri al-Maliki and Muqtada al-Sadr, and the result could be an Iraqi government friendly to Tehran and distanced from the West, the. .S.-led toppling of Saddam Hussein. Officials said turnout was only 44 percent, the lowest ever since Saddam's ouster. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks in Najaf, Iraq, April 30, 2016. File photo: Haidar Hamdani / AFP It is weird to see Sadr is pro-Iran now, while he was the man who invented the Iran. Muqtada al-Sadr Secret Meeting in Iran Iran's Ayatollah Ali Kahamenei is meeting secretly with Muqtada and Soleymeni in Iran today to negotiate bring and end to the violence in the region and. The powerful cleric's militias went on to launch a bloody fight against American forces at the height of the insurgency following Hussein's ouster. Then he reinvented himself as a political player -- and a major problem for Iraq's government.
Image caption Moqtada Sadr has been studying at a seminary in Iran in the hope of becoming an ayatollah . Moqtada Sadr has been a powerful figure in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein Iran's official news agency denies media reports that prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran on a surprise visit. Muqtada al-Sadr Continue May 3, 201 Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Iraq's Sadrist movement, has returned to the country after three years in exile in Iran and less than a fortnight after his backing helped usher in a new Iraqi. "The Americans were never interested in what was best for the Shiites," al Sadr told Simon in the 2004 interview. "In fact, America wouldn't let a Shiite government exist here, except under its occupation, my friend, because of that fear."
Muqtada al-Sadr comes from a highly revered line of Iraqi Shi'i clerics. One of Muqtada's great-uncles was among the leaders of the 1920 Iraqi revolt against the British occupation. Muqtada's uncle, Grand Ayatollah Baqr al-Sadr (1935-1980), is widely considered to be the most significant Shi'i scholar of the 20th century In addition to al-Sadr, the Iran-backed Iraqi militia Kata'ib Hezbollah said, Passions must be avoided to acheive its goal of expelling American troops from Iraq, according to a statement to. JANUARY 28, 2020 Original link: (Please support MiddleEastObserver.net on Patreon: Description: Prominent Lebanese political analyst Nasser Kandil analyses the strategic significance o The mystery over the whereabouts of Muqtada al-Sadr deepened with the US military spokesman saying the Shi'ite militia leader had fled to Iran, his supporters insisting he was still in Iraq - and. Current Prime Minister al-Abadi sought to retain his post after overseeing the military defeat of the ISIS movement, but he faced stiff competition from his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, as well as al-Sadr and the Fatah alliance of candidates with paramilitary ties.
In 2016, furious over corruption in the Sunni-led government and its inability to protect Shiite areas from ISIS attack, al-Sadr's followers stormed the Green Zone in central Baghdad -- the fortified neighbourhood home to the government, the U.S. Embassy and dozens of other high-value targets. The following week they threatened to storm the area again if their demands weren't met. Old U.S. nemesis Muqtada al-Sadr and Iran ally Fatah fare well in Iraq vote. May 14, 2018 / 3:57 AM / CBS/A .S. and Iraqi forces The chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq insisted Wednesday that Muqtada al-Sadr has left the country and is believed to be in Iran, despite denials from the radical Shiite cleric's supporters Iraq's Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr has declared that he is willing to work with the Iranian-supported Popular Mobilisation Forces (Hashd Al-Shaabi) paramilitary forces - his political rivals.
Khazraji leaders publicly called on AAH to pull out of Dujail and other Shia-majority tribal areas, arguing that the group's forces should be replaced by Muqtada al-Sadr's militia Saraya al-Salam—a clear message in support of Iran's major Shia rival and the faction from which AAH splintered "The little serpent has left, and the great serpent has come," al-Sadr told Simon of the toppling of Saddam Hussein. It's that sort of radical, mystical sentiment that galvanized masses of poor, mostly uneducated Shiites in the Iraqi slums and inspired them to back the al-Sadr, and his supporters were enthusiastic, and well-armed. Iraqi Shi'ite leader Sadr makes rare visit to Saudi Arabia 2 Min Read Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia July 30, 2017 Muqtada al-Sadr is a respected leader with significant influence. He understands that Iraq's future lies within the Arab world, and has repeatedly expressed concern about Iran's growing.
In turn, Iran will have offered something to Sadr in return for his new allegiance. Two possibilities are Iran's assurance of Sadr's influence over the evolving makeup of the Iraqi government, or. 'Cautious optimism': Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr may be puppet of Iran 'If there is a dossier on Sadr, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei has it,' ex-intelligence officer say The agreement, sponsored by Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group, sought to preserve Shi'ite power in Iraq by uniting the factions of the Iran-backed groups with their rival Sadr. The militias were in disarray after a U.S. air strike killed Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on Jan. 3. Sadr was also off-balance Iraqi Shiite politician Muqtada al-Sadr was in Iran and met Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during the religious Ashura mourning gathering on September 10. It is not clear if he is still in the country. Official photos released show the maverick cleric sitting next to Khamenei, flanked by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Qods force commander Qassem Soleimani The strong showing could be a testament to al-Sadr's loyal base of followers who cast their ballots despite a general mood of apathy that kept many Iraqis away from the polls. Al-Sadr commanded fighters in the war against ISIS and headed a powerful militia that fought U.S. forces in Iraq prior to 2011, but his 2018 campaign focused on social issues and eliminating government corruption.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.The answer will have major repercussions for the Trump administration’s plans throughout the Middle East, and for Mr. Trump’s hopes of wrapping up the military mission in Iraq without ceding the field to political forces hostile to Washington and its allies in the region. Al-Sadr then urged his followers to come together and defend Iran if the U.S. invades the country. Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attends Friday prayer at the Kufa mosque in Najaf, Iraq.
Immediately after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 it appeared that Moqtada al-Sadr was moving towards Iran's orbit. In June Sadr travelled to Iran to talk with officials there and Ayatollah Haeri. Upon his return, Sadr said that he believed in Iranian-style clerical rule except that the leader had to be an Iraqi Fatah's strong result will be seen as a victory for Iran as it seeks to protect its interests in Iraq, including the militias it finances and has sometimes directed to fight alongside its forces in Syria. Firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr takes shock lead in Iraq election Save Followers of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, seen in the poster, celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, early Monday Credit: A Iraq Iran United States Muqtada al-Sadr A+ A A- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warned on Monday against the consequences of throwing Iraq into the escalating conflict between the United States and Iran following targeted airstrikes by the US against Iran-backed militias in Iraq WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after Muqtada al-Sadr's militias fought American troops, the United States is preparing to work hand in hand with the charismatic Shiite cleric and his movement, hoping to find common cause in curtailing Iran's influence in the wake of an upset Iraqi election
Muqtada al-Sadr recasts himself ahead of Iraq elections The firebrand cleric who led a militia blamed for American deaths and ethnic cleansing has distanced himself from former patron Iran Muqtada al-Sadr is the fourth son of a famous Iraqi Shi'a cleric, the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr. He is also the son-in-law of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr. Muqtada al-Sadr is of Iraqi and Iranian ancestry. His great-grandfather is Ismail as-Sadr. Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, Muqtada al-Sadr's father, was a.
Celebrations erupted in Baghdad's Sadr City, an impoverished quarter that is home to some 3 million people and is named after the cleric's late father, Ayatollah Mohammad Sadq al-Sadr. The younger al-Sadr campaigned on a cross-sectarian platform of fighting corruption and investing in services and struck a surprising alliance with the Communist Party in the capital. A leader in Iraq's populist cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr's movement, Asaad Al-Nasiri, yesterday split from the movement announcing his support for thousands of anti-government protesters
The past 10 years of Muqtada Al-Sadr's influence over Sadr City, an administrative district in Baghdad, provide some indication of the possible future direction of Iraqi politics Iraqi Shiite politician Muqtada al-Sadr was in Iran and met Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during the religious Ashura mourning gathering on September 10. It is not clear if he is still in the country. Official photos released show the maverick cleric sitting next to Khamenei, flanked by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Qods force commander Qassem.
Sadr's visit was strongly criticised by pro-Iran politicians in Iraq, including Shia cleric Watheq al-Battat, who branded him as Muqtada Al Saud, not al-Sadr, suggesting that he had parted ways from his family's tradition and became a follower of the Saudi royal family Summary: The political movement of Iraq's best-known anti-American cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, is emerging as a major contender in the March 7, 2010 national elections, raising the specter that the next prime minister of Iraq could be openly hostile to the United States and friendly toward Iran
"60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon was the first to interview al-Sadr for Western television. Simon explained that the cleric's rise was fuelled by years of Shiite resentment toward the U.S. Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a. Muqtada Al Sadr Scholar and Politician The son of the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Sadiq Al-Sadr, and son-in-law of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir Al-Sadr, Muqtada is a highly influential leader who inherited control over large social institutions that served millions in the slums of Baghdad
Muqtada al-Sadr's message told the anti-American paramilitary to 'defend Iraq' A prominent Iraqi cleric has called an anti-US army to arms following the death of a top Iranian general in an. Members of the national election commission read out vote tallies for each candidate list in each of the 10 provinces on national TV. By the end of the announcement, al-Sadr's list had the highest popular vote, followed by al-Amiri's.
The first possibility is that al-Sadr's trip to Saudi Arabia might be a sign that the Kingdom is entering a slow-moving and sensitive détente with Iran, just like Ali Hashem from Al Monitor wrote in his article Saudi engagement with Iraqi Shiites stirs talk of opening with Iran. If true, then this could indicate that al-Sadr is. Iraq's populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr travelled to Iran on Saturday night, according to Iranian media, which published video footage of him boarding a plane in Najaf, Iraq, where he had been taking part in anti-government protests A political bloc led by populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country's parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday.. Sadr himself cannot become prime minister because he did not run in the election, though his bloc's victory puts him in a position to have a strong say in. Muqtada al-Sadr condemns attack on Iran consulate Press TV - Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has condemned an arson attack on the Iranian consulate in Najaf, dismissing allegations that his followers were behind the Wednesday incident Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq's militia leader turned champion of poor. Shia leader's appeal to the disenfranchised and the low voter turnout factored into his alliance's surprise victory
Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraq election, but forming government far off The former Shiite militia leader now opposes Iran involvement in Iraq; Tehran dispatches a powerful general to try and. The constitution sets a quota for female representation, stating that no less than one-fourth of parliament members must be women. Nearly 2,600 women are running for office this year. How has Muqtada al-Sadr gotten so much attention? Believed to be about 30 years old, al-Sadr is the son of a grand ayatollah but U.S. officials think his support is relatively small, and.
Al-Sadr rose to prominence as a young cleric, not even 30 years old, after the Iraq descended into sectarian warfare following the U.S. toppling of Saddam Hussein's government in 2003. Even Iran's new ally, Muqtada al-Sadr is using his 'Blue Hats' organization, which emerged during their first appearance in the protests as supporters and defenders of the peaceful. In a tweet on Friday, Muqtada al-Sadr, expressed condolences over the martyrdom of IRGC Quds Force commander General Soleimani and Iraqi PMU leaders in a US airstrike in Baghdad. He also offered condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the government, and the great nation of Iran
Muqtada al Sadr's statement in which he reactivates both the Mahdi Army and the Promised Day Brigade. In the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani and important militia leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr has reactivated two of his longstanding militia forces in Iraq Despite reports that Muqtada al-Sadr, the rebellious clergyman who returned to Iraq this week after four years in Iran, has adopted a moderate stance, his speech at a mosque in Najaf on.
By Michael Flanagan. November 30, 2018. Economic and political tensions are rising between Iran and Iraq. One of the major contributors is the souring of Muqtada al-Sadr's personal relationship with Iran and, to a lesser extent, Iraq's cooperation with the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States this month Muqtada al Sadr urges Iraqis to hold a unified demonstration to condemn the American presence [in iraq], without giving a date. (R Archive) Influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr called on Tuesday for a peaceful million-strong march against US troops in Iraq, days after parliament urged their departure following Washington's killing.
Sadr's public presence between Khamenei and Soleimani is a clear sign that Sadr is discussing a political project with Iran. Sadr has yet to remark upon his trip to Iran, but Al-Monitor has learned from a high-ranking, anonymous source in his office that he is trying to convince Iranians to replace Adel Abdul Mahdi with a stronger prime. © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. After years at the helm of the violent anti-American resistance in Iraq, Mr. al-Sadr fled the country for Iran in 2007. Upon his return in 2011, he adopted a much more moderate tone and began recasting himself as a proponent of peace. That approach laid the groundwork for the political rise that resulted in last week’s victory.
“Sadr’s strong rhetoric against the U.S., strong rhetoric against Iran, is a smokescreen,” said Michael Pregent, a former intelligence officer specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. “If there is a dossier on Sadr, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei has it.” Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts. Moqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader, is emerging as a key player in efforts by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf states to weaken the influence of regional rival. Fiery Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose followers once mounted deadly uprisings against U.S. forces in Iraq, is emerging as America's best hope of blunting Iran's expanding influence in Iraq
Muqtada al-Sadr's Power Grab The bad boy of Iraqi politics is going back to school. al-Sadr's plan to become an ayatollah has enormous implications for Iraqis and the United States Sadr's solid political support partly comes from who he is: His uncle Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (whose daughter Sadr married) was the preeminent Shia scholar of his time, and his father, Mohammad.
In 2008, al-Sadr traveled to Iran, where he remained in exile. However, he continued to command the Sadr movement and use his authority to influence Iraq's political landscape. The reforme Muqtada al-Sadr has long served as the spark in a volatile Iraq. When the Shiite cleric ordered his followers to fight U.S. forces in 2004, it was the gravest challenge to the United States in.
But former U.S. intelligence officers question whether the conversion is genuine. To the extent he has any true allegiances at all, they lie with Shiite Iran."Just because we're rid of Saddam and the evil Batthists doesn't mean the occupation is a good thing. Our salvation from Saddam was only with the grace of God." The reinvention of Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's new face of reform Once hated by the US and tied to Iran, the Shia cleric's bloc won the most votes in elections Mon, May 21, 2018, 10:3 BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first. Instead, he has forged a postelection coalition with a rival Shiite bloc that includes some of the most powerful militias operating in Iraq — groups. Iran, for its part, has close links with the Hashd al-Shaabi and the group led by the former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and will be wary of Mr Sadr's Iraqi nationalism