August 5, 2004
Uneasy truce evaporates in Najaf: Sadr's Mahdi Army and US forces clashed Thursday. (Scott Baldauf and Dan Murphy, 8/06/04, The Christian Science Monitor )
While Sadr appears to completely control Sadr City, the slum that was renamed in honor of Sadr's father, his position seems much more tenuous in Najaf, where many residents and merchants resent fighting that has cut deeply into religious tourism. Najaf resident Moqdad al-Taraji, speaking after a Mahdi Army member drifts away, says: "Three-quarters of the people in this neighborhood are against them. I think the Iraqi Army is doing a good job."
It's revealing that his strength lies in a Sunni city (though among its Shi'ite population) rather than in the Shi'ite south where he's despised. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2004 6:46 PM
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