American report: Al-Sadr has tremendous strength to return, and his opponents should think carefully before removing him

American report: Al-Sadr has tremendous strength to return, and his opponents should think carefully before removing him

2022-09-14 08:22

American report - Al-Sadr has tremendous strength to return and his opponents should think carefully before removing himShafaq News / An American report revealed today, Wednesday, an Iranian loss of the conflict of Shiite political leaders in Iraq, with its loss of clear influence after the departure of Qassem Soleimani and the weakness of his current replacement, and while it indicated that Al-Sadr has a “tremendous” ability to return again to the political arena, he stressed that the His opponents think “twice” before belittling or banishing him.

“On August 29, the Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he would withdraw from politics after months of failed attempts to form a new government,” Foreign Affairs magazine said in a report translated by Shafak News Agency. Thousands of supporters of the national leader, who appeared As a staunch opponent of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, he took to the streets in fury, breached concrete barriers around Baghdad’s Green Zone, and stormed the government headquarters.After dozens of people were killed, Sadr appeared on television and instructed his supporters to return home, relieving – in For now at least – the political crisis that has paralyzed the caretaker government in Iraq for several months.”

The report added that “the Iraqi political system has reached a dead end since last October, when the country held its fifth parliamentary elections since the US-led invasion in 2003. Al-Sadr’s coalition won the largest number of seats, but neither his bloc nor any other party succeeded in forming a government.” .

According to the report, “the conflict did not erupt between rival sects or ethnic groups but within Iraq’s largest community, the Shiites divided over their country’s relationship with Iran. The Sadrists, arguing that Baghdad should distance itself from all foreign powers including Iran. Other factions remain more in connection with Iraq’s powerful neighbor.”

Although al-Sadr says he has retired from politics, he is likely working to take advantage of this latest cycle of brinkmanship and street protests to control his rivals. Sadr has made similar statements in the past but has never withdrawn from the political sphere, but As heir to one of the world’s most famous Shiite religious families, al-Sadr has proven remarkably adept at turning his religious lineage into a solid force, and his opponents must think twice before underestimating him.

The report also noted that “Al-Sadr is a nationalist and rebellious type of Shiite in Iraq, while Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the country’s most respected cleric, and other Shiite religious scholars avoid direct political participation and, in doing so, create a power vacuum within the Shiite community—a vacuum Sadr worked over two decades to fill it.

The analysis stated that “Al-Sadr, as the son of the Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, a prominent Shiite scholar who challenged the Baathist regime until his assassination in 1999, the younger al-Sadr was able to follow in the footsteps of his father as a political leader of the Sadrist movement,” noting that “Al-Sadr is the Iraqi leader.” Most adept at navigating between politics and religious authority, a fact that could explain his latest maneuver.With Iraq’s political crisis raging for nearly 11 months, al-Sadr did not embark on bloody street protests until he faced a threat beyond politics: a threat to his religious legitimacy.

The magazine noted that, “One day before al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics, Grand Ayatollah Kazem al-Haeri, an Iraqi cleric residing in Iran who served as a spiritual guide for many members of the Sadrist movement, announced his stepping down due to his deteriorating health. But instead of inviting his followers to transfer their allegiance to another Iraqi Shiite cleric – someone who may be sympathetic to Sadr – Haeri advised them to follow Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It was an unusual move, as most grand ayatollahs order their followers to emulate other senior clerics only after The death of the clergy, while al-Sadr indicated that Iranian officials and his Iranian-backed Shiite opponents were behind al-Hairi’s criticism.

And the magazine continued, “The backstabbing reflects the growing power vacuum within the Shiite community in Iraq, a vacuum that has opened as Iranian influence wanes in the country. For years, the Iranian Supreme Leader, General Qassem Soleimani, was sent to Iraq to keep Tehran’s Shiite supporters in line. But after the United States killed United Soleimani in a drone strike in 2020, Iran lost an important leverage lever over its allies.”