Muqtada Sadr, Snti-U.S. Cleric, Returns To Iraq -- L.A. Times
It's Muqtada Sadr's first return visit home since 2007. An assistant says the militant religious leader, whose Shiite fighters battled U.S. troops, is in Iraq to stay.
Reporting from Najaf, Iraq and Baghdad — Muqtada Sadr, the cleric whose Shiite fighters battled U.S. troops at the height of Iraq's civil war, returned to the country on Wednesday, an assistant said. It was the militant religious leader's first visit to his homeland since 2007.
Sadr arrived in the holy city of Najaf in the afternoon and toured the home of his late father, a legendary cleric who challenged Saddam Hussein's rule before dying at the hands of the late dictator's regime in 1999. In the evening, Sadr went to the hallowed grounds of Najaf's Imam Ali Shrine for prayers while police and bodyguards stood guard.
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