u.s.-iraq security deal is opposed by al-sadr followers

Opposition Mounts to US-Iraq Security Deal

Followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protested in Shiite enclaves across Iraq on Friday, May 30, 2008, against plans for a long-term security pact that would allow for an extended U.S. military presence in Iraq.

Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, May 30, 2008; 6:45 PM



BAGHDAD, May 30 — Thousands of followers of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr protested Friday in Shiite enclaves across Iraq against plans for a long-term security pact that would allow for an extended U.S. military presence in the country.

“No, no to America! No, no to the occupation!” demonstrators chanted as they waved Iraqi flags and banners after Friday afternoon prayers in Sadr’s Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City. “Yes, yes Moqtada! Long live al-Sadr!”

Some of the protesters carried pictures of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dressed as former president Saddam Hussein. In one corner, a group burned an effigy of Maliki, then danced and stomped on it, as Iraqi government soldiers kept their distance.

The protests were the first since Iraqi troops entered Sadr City this month to assert control over one of Iraq’s unruliest zones. But Friday’s actions highlighted Sadr’s power and popularity among poor Shiites, even as the Shiite-led Iraqi government, backed by U.S. and British forces, have waged a concerted campaign in recent months to weaken his movement and undermine his leadership credentials.

Friday’s protests also underscored Sadr’s long-term strategy to fulfill his ambitions of leading Iraq someday. After his Mahdi Army militia engaged last month in fierce battles with U.S. and Iraqi forces, resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths, Sadr negotiated a pact that allowed Iraqi troops into Sadr City but barred American soldiers. It was viewed as a victory for Maliki’s government and for U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq.

But the arrangement has also allowed Sadr to boost his image and popularity, while preserving the strength of his militiamen ahead of all-important provincial elections scheduled for October. There are now fewer raids and airstrikes in Sadr City, home to more than 2 million people, and U.S. and Iraqi government efforts are starting to bring basic services to Sadr’s impoverished core constituency.

Many Iraqi army soldiers in the enclave are Shiites who sympathize with Sadr and his movement. “Most soldiers here are from southern parts of Iraq, and half of them are affiliated with the Sadr trend,” said Salah Sabieh, an Iraqi soldier who was watching the protests unfold. On the windshield of his tan military truck, topped by a soldier manning a machine gun, was a picture of Sadr.”He is the leader. We can’t remove his picture. We are all Shiites,” said Sabieh, standing in front of his truck. “Moqtada Sadr represents all Iraq.”

Sabieh said he supported Sadr’s call to oppose any form of long-term U.S. troop presence in Iraq.

Sadr’s primary ambition has always been a U.S. troop withdrawal. In recent years, his fighters have fought pitched battles against U.S. forces, and his followers have staged numerous demonstrations. When Maliki refused to demand a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, Sadr pulled his political bloc from the ruling coalition.

The proposed long-term security pact with the United States would provide a legal framework for U.S. troops to remain in Iraq after Dec. 31, when their U.N. mandate expires. Sadr views the planned pact as a blow to Iraq’s sovereignty. His main Shiite rival, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, who heads the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, an influential Shiite political party that is part of Maliki’s ruling coalition, has also denounced the plans.

Sadr has called for any pact reached with the Americans to be put to a popular referendum so that his followers could “collect millions of signatures” rejecting it. He has vowed to hold protests across Iraq every week after Friday prayers until the pact is canceled.

On Friday, demonstrations also took place in the southern cities of Kut, Nasiriyah and Najaf. In the Kufa, 2,500 protesters marched to a mosque, chanting: “We would rather die than compromise. No, no, America.”

Many protesters carried pistols, which they placed on their prayer mats as they prayed. Photographers and television cameramen were given instructions not to zoom in on faces because the protesters included senior Mahdi Army figures who had fled the government crackdown in other provinces. Banners called for the Iraqi government to release Sadr followers from detention centers and to stop raiding their houses.

There were no major protests in the southern city of Basra, where Sadr’s followers fled or went underground following an Iraqi government offensive in late March. On a recent visit, many Sadr followers refused to meet with or receive phone calls from a reporter because they feared that Iraqi forces would arrest them.

In Basra, the Sadrists have accused the Iraqi forces of representing not the government but their Shiite rivals. The Sadr followers charge that government forces are trying to weaken the movement before the local elections. Iraqi army commanders in Basra have denied the allegations.


One response to “u.s.-iraq security deal is opposed by al-sadr followers


    Tahun 1428 H / 2007 M

    Oleh ALJABIR

    Allaahu Akbar ….9 x, Allaahu akbar kabira, walhamdulillaahi katsiira, wa subhaanallaahi bukratan wa ashiila, laa ilaaha illallaahu wallaahu akbar, allaahu akbar wa lillaahil hamd Alhamdulillaahilladzii arsala rasuulahu bil hudaa wa diinil haq, liyuzhhirahuu ‘alad diini kullihii walau karihal musyrikuun. Ashhadu an laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa syariikalah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan ‘abduhuu wa rasuuluh. Allahumma shalli wa sallim wa baarik ’alaa saiyyidinaa Muhammad, wa ’alaa aalihii wa shahbihii ajma’iin.

    Amma ba’du, fayaa ‘ibaadallaah, ittaqullaaha haqqa tuqaatih wa laa tamuutunna illaa wa antum muslimuun. Yaa aiyyuhalladziina aamanuu, athii’ullaaha wa athii’ur rasuula wa ulil amri minkum; fa in tanaaza’tum fii syai-in farudduuhu ilallaahi war rasuuli inkuntum tu`minuuna billaahi wal yaumil aakhir; dzaalika khairun wa ahsanu ta`wiila. Qaalallaahu ta’aala fii kitaabihil kariim, A’uudzu billaahi minasy syaithaanir rajiim. Bismillaahir rahmaanir rahiim

    No they await except ( the executing of truth) that Al Holy. on coming nya of[is truth of that news Al Holy, say the people who forget [it] before that in fact have come God Rasul-Rasul [is] we bring which rights, , Hence [Is] there any for us aid giver to lift a hand for us, or our dapatkah [is] brought back ( to world) so that we can do a good deed [is] other the than which we have practice?. Really they have harmed themselves and have vanish from them The infinite which they there [is]

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    [Is] echoed to all you [is] News which is from your The infinite [is], so that you know that all [of] this mankind [is] awaiting arrival [of] a child [of] human being which ianya govern the this Allah Earth empire by Kalam [is] Its The infinite All human being await the arrival [of] a child [of] human being agreing what [is] on them. All human being await a child [of] human being which can unite all human being on this earth by running what they suspect [is] a[n truth.

    Partly human being await the very Imam Mahdi apparition [is] they believe the Imam Mahdi will lead they fight the heathen. Partly human being await to descend the nya ‘ Jesus from sky which ready to kill the Almasihud Dajjal. Partly human being await the arrival of[is the Fair Queen so that govern.

    This Indonesia dispassionately. There [is] awaiting its reincarnation [is] the Buda Sidarta Gautama so that earth chockablock the beauty [of] ethic kindness. There [is] awaiting Kresna return to launch its dart [is] which ready to penetrate the heart and bad people who liver. And a lot of name again awaited [by] a human being on this earth.

    All name which you await that it is the only [is] Allah name creating sky and earth and existing among both, even creating dirimu, that with His name [is] I submit all to to you greet from God which The most Humane. With the your The infinite affection, hence I come your fore part [is] all submit what from [at] Nya, so that you will coalesce in God affection.

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, so that nothing that argue but infidel people. I come non fighting heathen such as those which you reputedly other;dissimilar [is] heathen, so that try the you variously kill, libeling even dissipate the people from its residency this one very prohibited by Alqur`An but most this number you [is] excellency deed. Mostly you follow the step syaithan looking into ugly deed goodness conversely look into ugly [of] good deed.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, [is] real so that Dajjal which during the time hide with the falsehood in religion. Hence after reality Dajjal, hopefully all its follower will be invited to Allah religion. They make the falsehood by telling: ” you is to Allah and Rasul” so that impersonate don’t know who will be followed [by] because no more Rasulnya. Finally they only berpedoman with the science, do a good deed the, religious service, what they have perbuat from their ancestors. If there [is] doing do not like science, do a good deed, and religious service, what they perbuat, hence religious advices the sesorang [of] infidel or pervert or with the other despicable sentence.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, so that when I echo the [is] same as what echoed [by] predecessor [of] before that is Prophet heir: ” godfearing [of] all you to Allah and Rasul”, hence one who believe very knowing [is] who following of. Them [do] not bluff the x’self with the science claimed of, [do] not bluff the x’self with the charitable which have dikerjakanya, [do] not bluff the x’self with the its[his] solemn religious service, with the power which [is] taking hold of of, with the estae [of] result of its effort, dsb. Even they surender the x’self, subduing x’self, taslim, Islam, as great as swear by mouth nya: ” Asyhadu An laa ilaaha illallaahu wa asyhadu anna Muhammadar Rasuulullaah” ” I testify that [there] no God [of] besides Allah and I testify that Muhammad of Allah courier”

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, so that after you follow me, hence you will do [is] by what pleased [by] your The infinite. You will very reluctant and fear to do what prohibited [by] your The infinite, so finally religious people who have the august and beautiful ethic kindness according to for guide of Allah and Rasul, not merely simply with the mind guide Iust which during the time obtaining of from known.

    I come echoing God Kalam, so that touch the liver [of] people who look for the truth of. Their conciousness from what during the time they perbuat. Negligent people awaked [by] that without effect what their them perbuat [is] number that they medium have done which as well as possible. Even enter the hell for people who shalat, when echoed [by] their Alqur`An still tell: ” previously this really have come God Rasul-Rasul [is] we are by bringing truth”. [At] my matter have never told first have never come the Rasul, even I agree the former Rasul-Rasul [is] which they also echo like what I echo this time to you. But negligent people from before now fulminate when sent a warning by Kalam-Kalam [is] God. They stand at bay by what which they get from their ancestors curtsey although their ancestors [do] not even if will berfikir but only dogma and have never got the guide from Allah but thagut promisedly [by] [is] heaven.

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    Thagut with the Dajjalnya make the dogma and promise to its follower, hopefully we get syafaat [in] final yaumil later [at] seiap khuthbah Friday or when they orate the dsb. Though they [have] no business get the syafa’at but one who have got the promise from Enamoured God side. Thagut and the Dajjalnya make the dogma and promise to its follower that if they practice the deed shalih [of] like what practiced during the time they will enter the heaven. Though Whether/What number you that you enter the heaven [of] before conducived to [by] what conducived to to people [of] before you, so that Rasul and people who trust with [it] say: ” If/When come the nya of Allah help?” Know the, Allah help very near by.

    Really they harm themselves by following dogma thagut, promise the Dajjal which is with its libel [is] most famous :

    no more Rasul, though with the yours medial existence Rasul that’s as condition that there is heaven as sensible people aspiration

    no more Apocalipse, so that when I echo the Godlike Apocalipse, Kalam Allah, Yours Alqur`An argue [it] with the science, do a good deed and religious service

    Leader [do] not [is] obliged to be obeyed, so that you make the damage on earth this Allah with the mask do a good deed shalih.

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    negligent Wahai people who, really you have harmed the dirimu [by] xself and destroy to perish what during the time you there [is] when I submit.

    to all you [is] this truth Alqur`An news [is] you still be neglected by telling: ” First have come God Rasul-Rasul [is] we bring the truth”. Vanish from them The infinite which they there [is] by negating Rasul after and negate the Leader obeyed. They joke the God which its name [is] Allah but negate the Rasul and Leader, though God (it) is true there [is] which its name [is] Allah, proven conducived toly of Rasul to lead the human being on earth this Allah. If this resident negri [is] believe and godfearing, undoubtedly We will open to for blessing them from sky and earth, but they still doubt of even lie [it], hence We ‘ their adzab with the caused [by] global warm-up issue [is] its deed doubting of and mendustakan.

    I invite the Queen Balqis, this Leader Negri, by Kalam [is] God:

    Innahuu min sulaimaana wa innahuu bismillaahir rahmaanir rahiim.

    Allaa ta’luu ‘alaiyya wa`tuunii muslimiin.

    In fact that letter from Suiaiman and in fact: ” By The Name Of Allah Which is Generous The most again The most Humane.

    That you don’t be all go into effect to bluff to ku and come to me as Islam people.”

    : [is] incoming but only intel he

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    Baarakallaahu lii wa lakum fil qur`aanil ‘azhiim. Wanafa’anii wa iyyakum bimaa fiihi minal aayaati wadzdzikril hakiim. Wataqabbala minnii wa minkum tilaawattahu, innahu huwas samii’ul ‘aliim. Aquulu qauli hadzaa, fastagfiruuh, innallaaha gafuurur rahiim.

    KHUTBAH ke-2

    Allaahu akbar …7 x kabiira, walhamdulillaahi katsiira, wa subhaanallaahi bukratan wa ashiila. Alhamdulillaahilladzii anzala ‘alaa ‘abdihil kitaaba wa lam yaj’allahu ‘iwaja.

    Asyhadu an laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahuu laa syariikalah, wa asyhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhuu rasuuluh.

    Allaahumma shallii wa sallim wa baarik ‘alaa saiyyidinaa Muhammadin wa ‘alaa aalihii wa ashhaabihii ajma’iin.

    ‘amma ba’du fa yaa ‘ibaadallaah : ittaqullaaha mastatha’tum, wa saari’uu ilaa magfiratir rabbil ‘aalamiin.

    Fa qaala ta’aala : innallaaha wa malaa-ikatahuu yushalluuna ‘alannabiyy, yaa aiyyuhalladziina aamanuu shalluu ‘alaihi wa sallimu tasliimaa.

    Allaahumma shallii wa sallim wa baarik ‘alaa saiyyidinaa Muhammad, saiyyidil mursaliin, wa ‘alaa aalihii wa ashhaabihii wa azwaajihii wa dzurriyyatihii ajma’iin. Wardhallaahumma ‘alaa arba’atihil khulafaa-ir raasyidiin, Abii bakrin wa ‘umara wa ‘utsmana wa ‘aliy, wa ‘alaa baqiyyatish shahaabati wattaabi’iin, wa taabi’it taabi’iin waman tabi’ahum bi ihsaanin ilaa yaumid diin, wa ‘alainaa birahmatika yaa arhamar raahimiin.

    Allaahummashlih wulaati jamii’il muslimiin, wanshuril islaama wal muslimiin, wa ahlikil kafarati wal musyrikiin, wa a’li kalimatika ilaa yaumid diin.

    Allaahummagfir lil muslimiina wal muslimaat, walmu`miniina wal mu`minaat, al ahyaa-i minhum wal amwaat, innaka samii’un qariibun mujiibud da’waat, wa yaa qaadhiyal haajaat. Rabbanaa aamannaa bimaa anzalta wattaba’nar rasuula faktubnaa ma’asy syaahidiin.

    ‘ibaadallaah. Innallaaha ya`murukum bil ‘adli wal ihsaan, wa iitaa-idzil qur`baa wa yanhaa ‘anil fahsyaa-i wal munkari wal bagy. Ya’iizhukum la’allakum tadzakkaruun, fadzkurullaaha yadzkurkum wad’uuhu yastajiblakum wa ladzikrullaahi akbar. Assalaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

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