January 2, 2009
WINNING THE WAR WAS EASY, WINNING THE PEACE IS HARD:
A large number of Shi'i leader Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters are coming from the various Iraqi regions to participate in the Al-Mumahhidun [the pavers, who will pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Shi'i imam] project, for which Al-Sadr had previously called. According to those in charge of the project, "Al-Mumahhidun is a cultural and religious project that bans carrying arms, even for self-defense purposes." They said that "the project is facing great challenges as a result of the US forces and some influential Shi'i parties working towards foiling it."Posted by Orrin Judd at January 2, 2009 1:48 PM
Harith al-Athari, the official in charge of the Al-Mumahhidun project in Al-Najaf, told Asharq Al-Awsat that "the purpose of this religious project is to build cultural and religious awareness among Al-Mahdi Army (the Al-Sadr Trend military wing) elements, who are in dire need of cultural and ideological development." He added: "Moreover, those individuals who fought in battlefields and proved their competence in resisting the occupation also need to prove their competence in cultural arenas and join the fight to gain knowledge and awareness."