View Full Version : Moqtada al-Sadrís Difficult Relationship With Iran Interview With Dr Nicholas Krohley

08-06-2014, 03:39 PM
For many years during the U.S. occupation of Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr was considered an Iranian proxy. Iran gave military assistance to Sadrís Mahdi Army and during the Surge Moqtada left Iraq and went to Qom for religious training. The truth of the matter was that Tehran never really trusted Sadr to do its bidding, while he expressed strong nationalist ideas. In more recent times Iran got many of its Iraqi allies to send fighters to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, while Sadr did not. Today Iran is mobilizing militias to confront the insurgency in Iraq and Sadr has brought out his new Peace Brigades to join the fight. That doesnít mean that he is any more open to Iranís plans for Iraq as he has attacked the other militias as ďforeignersĒ referring to their funding and direction from Tehran. To help explain the ebb and flow of Sadrís ties with Iran is Dr. Nicholas Krohley, founder of Subaltern Research Services and author of The Death of the Mehdi Army: Insurgency and Civil Society In Occupied Baghdad.

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