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August 28, 2004

Iraq: Najaf saved

Bell has got it very wrong about Najaf. It was Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who saved the day.

Steve Bell,

The US military and the client Allawi government failed to defeat the defiant Moqtada al-Sadr, whilst Moqtada al-Sadr escaped from the trap set for him. In the meantime the has wrought a lot of damage. The standard procedure of the Iraq police in Najaf to news management is intimidation of independent journalists.

Christopher Allbritton's descriptions of his experiences at the Inman Ali Shrine in the old city of Najaf during the siege can be found here.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at August 28, 2004 06:06 PM

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I would have thought it was more Moqtada al-Sadre having set a trap for the Americans and the provisional Government. I guess they all have to thank the Grand ayatollah for getting them away from the edge of the precipice. There is a interesting report in the Christian Science moniter about what it was like for some of the remaing civilians left in Najaf.

Posted by: andy at August 30, 2004 11:17 PM

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