Today's news that the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is back in the spotlight after a four-month absence throws another monkey wrench into the U.S.-led efforts to secure Baghdad.
In a fiery sermon today, Sadr instructed his followers not to engage Iraqi troops but was expressly anti-American.
Here are three stories from the U.S.News & World Report archives about Sadr and his powerful militia:
- Clerical Error: Having Overestimated His Support, al-Sadr Backs Down, May 30, 2004
- Moqtada al-Sadr's Deadly Game of Chicken, Aug. 22, 2004
- Men in Black: Why Iraq's Shiite Militias Are So Brutally Effective, Dec. 10, 2006