Iraq: August 28, 2004

Archives

  Najaf was quiet overnight, after thousands of Iraqis, answering Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al Sistani's call for the peaceful occupation of the Imam Ali shrine, poured into the shrine complex. Muqtada al Sadr's gunmen are still there, however, but without their guns. Sadr men stood around, dressed in black, making it clear that they were still there and still a threat. Many refused to surrender their weapons, but carried them off to hiding places. However, Iraqi police and soldiers did patrol Najaf. But it was clear that Sadr's men could quickly confront the police with heavily armed fighters. Sadr's men continue to intimidate local leaders in Najaf, as they have done for over a year. Sadr is suspected of being behind the murder of several senior religious leaders in Najaf recently. Najaf has long been the scene of tribes and powerful religious leaders fighting openly for control of the lucrative and prestigious shrines. Over the centuries, agreements had been worked out to insure that the shrines were run and maintained with a minimum of violence. Muqtada al Sadr's attempt to seize, and keep, control of the Imam Ali shrine is nothing new, but it is ambitious for such a young man (who, while from a prominent religious family, is still in training to be a cleric.)

 

Article Archive

Iraq: Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close