The movement led by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is poised to make a dramatic return to the forefront of Iraq’s Shi’ite politics, combining its success in recent elections with the anticipated elevation of its leader’s religious status.
The Sadrists are the main faction in the Iraqi National Alliance, which is projected to have won 68 seats in the new parliament. The bloc was the main challenger for the Shi’ite vote against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has been regarded with suspicion by the Sadrists since the Iraqi military led a crackdown on their militia in 2008.
Full results from the elections were due late Friday. After 95% of votes were counted…
If anyone has ever gone fishing and caught an eel then tried to take it off the hook, they will know why I think of this when I see Muqtada al Sadr and the 7-year US blunder in Iraq.