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   1. Najaf,Iraq (Muhamed Ali)


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Subject: Najaf,Iraq
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 13:14:56 +0100
From: "Muhamed Ali" <>
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In the shadows of a sacred mosque, a defiant uprising seems to be near
its end

Luke Harding in Najaf where supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr face a fierce

Thursday August 26, 2004

"But opinions over the Mahdi army's last stand are divided - with many
in Najaf dismissing Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters as both outsiders -
including volunteers from Falluja - and thugs.

"We suffered for 35 years under Saddam Hussein. He killed our clerics.
He killed our poets. He killed our writers," Kadhim Abdul Karim said, as
US tanks and Humvees rattled past his street. "All our intellectuals
left Iraq and our doctors left the country as well. Whatever happens
next we want the Americans to stay."

He added: "We are typical Iraqis. Moqtada and his supporters are the
Taliban of Najaf. You in the west have to understand this. We don't want

The Guardian <>,2763,1290819,00.html


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