Sadr the Antichrist: from outlaw to top politician

NEWSMAKER-Iraq’s Sadr: from outlaw to top politician

Despite the risks, Sadr never fled Iraq, unlike other prominent figures in post-Saddam governments who returned from exile in Iran and the West following the invasion. SADDAM TAUNTED WITH CLERIC’S NAME When Saddam himself was executed in 2006, convicted for the killings of 148 people in a mainly Shi’ite Muslim town a quarter century earlier, witnesses taunted him by chanting Moqtada’s name as he was led to the gallows, leaked footage showed. Sadr was the first to form a Shi’ite militia that fought U.S. troops.

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