Sunday, April 8, 2007


I'll be keeping an eye on this one. I've posted before on Moqtada al-Sadr's influence and potential impact on Iraq's future. It appears that a confontation may be coming in Najaf.

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqis streamed to the holy southern city of Najaf on Sunday in response to a call by fiery Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr for a big anti-American protest on Monday.

Sadr, who blames the U.S.-led invasion for Iraq's unrelenting violence, has urged Iraqis to protest on the fourth anniversary of the day American forces swept into central Baghdad.

"In order to end the occupation, you will go out and demonstrate," Sadr, who
accuses U.S. forces of deliberately fomenting civil strife in Iraq, said in a statement.

(photos from reuters)

This could end up very badly.

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