New York Times” Read “Volatility,” Moqtada Al-Sadr’s Choice May Change the Point of Iraq
|September 27, 2011||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
WASHINGTON – “arenas of liberation”
“New York Times” the American said members of the “Mahdi Army”, are engaged in today is a different fight in the ranks of the group Almmahdon, They run teams for football and provide genital mutilation of males for non-able-bodied children of poor families and collecting rubbish after visit the Shia holy places and offer computer classes, as well as lessons in the Koran.
The paper asks “With the approach of the final withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the question is: What do the chest?” Believes that “the group Almmahdon may be one of the possible answers to this question.
Has used this group, which was established after the dissolution of the Mahdi Army in 2008, which is less known than the Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank, the weapons of political, military and social financial support from Iran to raise the poor class of Shiites and influence in public life. but it seems that Sadr is trying to play several other roles, including: raising the street and the resistance to U.S. influence in words.
Will determine the direction that will be determined by the chest to a large extent the near future of the state with the decline in the role the U.S. military.
And perhaps the chest more public figures that have emerged in the wake of the U.S. invasion volatile, and passed his influence several stages, starting Bmqatl war in the streets to the cleric exiled, and then to the political influential by returning victorious after the parliamentary elections last year.”
According to the newspaper, quoting Col. Douglas Crissman, commander of the U.S. military, which tracks militant followers of Sadr in the south:
There is a belief that Sadr is trying to take a decision on his next move and put his movement in the future map of Iraq.
Many believe that the goal of the chest is a state within a state, such as Hezbollah, to be able to take power in Iraq. Cochrane says Marissa Sullivan, vice president of the Institute of War Studies in Washington: There is certainly a desire in Iraq to be a model to reproduce some features of the Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The leaders recognized the Sadrist movement similarity between him and the Party of God, but stressed local roots of the stream. Muhannad says Gharrawi, a senior leader of the Sadrist movement in Baghdad:
There are similarities; because we are Shia resistance movements, but we always say that Hezbollah is different. Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi man, inspired by his fatwa from his father and everyone knows it.
In the context of “the nature of the volatile al-Sadr,” al-Sadr derives his influence, according to the newspaper, through the provincial council in Maysan in the south and the political bloc in parliament, which is one of the main components of the ruling coalition.
And helped al-Sadr, since less than a year, in the formation of the current government when it decided to support Nuri al-Maliki for a second term as prime minister. This helped support in ending the stalemate has lasted more than 8 months after parliamentary elections last year, and the granting of the Sadrist movement to control the important ministries.
Sadr has kept the opposition to express to the American presence in Iraq and his threats to resort to violence if the U.S. troops to stay beyond this year, the issue is settled; where there were only 3 months to leave the American troops.
Chest and sends mixed messages; has issued orders to the remaining members of his armed group Brigade promised day to resist what he calls the U.S. occupation of them during the continuance of Qom in Iran, where he spent the years of study of religion. They did so; where they killed a large number of American soldiers in southern Iraq before suspending attacks. He said he will re-activate the Mahdi Army in the event of the continued survival of U.S. forces in Iraq, then returned to say he would not do.
In a country lacks many of the politicians to the popular base, is still a popular al-Sadr in the Iraqi street, swinging. Has limited its decision to prevent his followers from joining anti-government protests in February to extend public anger over corruption and the level of services declining and the absence of employment opportunities, and fever-Maliki, the outbreak of the uprising in the midst of Arab spring.
And see the “New York Times” that urged Sadr to his followers to come out to demonstrate in the streets raises a lot of trouble for the owners, even if the gatherings on Friday, a short duration; did not exceed 20 minutes in Sadr City, and did not have the momentum, such as demonstrations chest earlier, which occurred during the current year against the U.S. forces included setting fire to American flags. He says a Western diplomat for the possibility of mobilizing the Sadrist movement for people in the streets:
Maliki feels very concerned of the possibility of it.
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