Sadr is best known in the West for leading mass uprisings against the American occupation of Iraq following the 2003 invasion. His Mahdi Army — which numbered up to 10,000 at one point — carried out the first organized Shiite attacks against U.S. forces. The Sadr-led insurgency was so effective that U.S. troops were ordered to kill or capture him. (DC)
ANTI-AMERICAN militia chief Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraq election in DEVASTATING blow to WEST
FORMER Shia militia chief and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s political coalition has won the Iraqi parliamentary elections and is on the cusp of forming a government, forcing Iraq’s outgoing Prime Minister into third place.
The political leader led two uprisings against the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2002 and many American officials regard Mr al-Sadr as being responsible for the deaths of many US troops.
Directly following the results, Mr al-Sadr wrote: “Your vote is an honour for us.
“Iraq and reforms have won with your votes.
“We will not disappoint you; the blame, all the blame is on those who failed Iraq.”
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