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Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-SadrBorn: 12-Aug-1973
Birthplace: Iraq

Gender: Male
Religion: Shia Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military, Religion

Nationality: Iraq
Executive summary: Militant Shiite Iraqi cleric

Muqtada al-Sadr, while relatively insignificant in the religious pecking order, has acquired a large following of poorer Shiites who oppose the U.S. occupation of Iraq, many of whom are militants. At age 31 he is considered a student still, but his family has a long tradition of clerical service; the Baghdad area Sadr City is named for Muqtada's father, Mohammed. The Coalition Provisional Authority has issued an arrest warrant against Muqtada for the killing on 10 April 2003 of Abdel Majid al-Khoei, a moderate. While Muqtada has denied this, he has expressed unambiguous feelings on occupation: "Anyone supported by the United States is cursed by us."

Father: Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr (cleric, d. Feb-1999 assassination)

    Murder arrest warrant issued April 2004
    Declared Holy War against England (2004)

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