Shia Muslim Cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr’s Army Resurfaces in Baghdad to Deter ISIS
Baghdad’s biggest Shia Muslim faction staged a show of force in face of the Isis threat to the Iraqicapital on Saturday, in a parade that stretched for several miles, featuring missiles, bazookas, hi-tech assault rifles and artillery.
As tens of thousands of uniformed men marched through the streets, loudspeakers proclaimed how they would defend Iraq from the Sunni jihadists rampaging through the north of the country.
This pageant of armed might, however, was not an official Iraqi army display to reassure an anxious public.
…it was a mass show of force by the Mahdi Army, the vast Shia militia that is now baring its teeth at its old Sunni enemies as they advance on the Iraqi capital. …
On Saturday, a number of the deadly devices were proudly brandished on the parade, as onlookers chanted in praise of ‘our heroes who fought the Americans’.
Despite their British and…
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