ARTICLE: Decoding Muqtada al-Sadr’s Gulf visits
By Zaid Al-Ali, August 22, 2017
ALJAZEERA ENGLISH: Muqtada al-Sadr is the scion of one of Iraq’s most important families of Shia clerics, which has traditionally been associated with the country’s poor underclass. Following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Sadrist movement took up arms against the occupation and quickly spiralled out of control. Members of his Mehdi Army were widely accused of engaging in extortion, kidnappings, and murder. Most famously perhaps, Sadr followers are said to have killed Sayed Abdul Majid al-Khoei, the son of another of Iraq’s most prominent Shia authorities, just as he returned to Iraq following more than a decade in exile.