Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sadrists flex new muscle after Iraq vote?

Followers of fiery cleric Muqtada al-Sadr voted Friday to determine whom they would back to be Iraq's next prime minister, flexing their newfound political muscle and potentially causing problems for incumbent Nouri al-Maliki. Sadr is emerging as a dominant player in deciding how Iraq's next government will be formed. His followers waged tough military battles with U.S. forces and were eventually driven underground. They have since emerged as an astute political organization winning at least 39 seats in the new parliament.

How many American boys and girls died fighting Sadr, in order to establish a "democracy" in which Sadr is the kingmaker?

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