Al Sadr’s Mahdi Army Vows to Launch Suicide Attacks Against US Troops

Radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr returned to Najaf, Iraq in January after a three year stint in Iran.

Supporters of radical Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr vowed to launch suicide attacks against US troops in Iraq this week.
AFP reported:

Supporters of Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr have offered to carry out suicide attacks against US troops in Iraq, his office said Saturday, as a year-end deadline for a US pullout looms.

“Thank you, my dear friends, and God bless you,” Sadr wrote in reply to the offer from loyalists of his disbanded Mahdi Army militia, a statement from his office in the central shrine city of Najaf said.

The message came from “a group from the Mahdi Army who say they are ready to place themselves under his command to carry out suicide attacks to defend Islam and Iraq, targeting the occupying infidels without hitting civilians or public institutions,” Sadr’s office said.

In April, Sadr threatened to reactivate the Mahdi Army, which he formally disbanded in 2008, if US forces do not withdraw at the end of the year as scheduled under the terms of a bilateral security pact.

Nearly 50,000 American troops are still in Iraq, down from a peak of more than 170,000 after the invasion of 2003.

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