Shiite Clerics Move to Assume Control in Baghdad

(Washington Post) - In the Saddam City neighborhood of Baghdad, the clergy of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority have moved to fill the void left by the ouster of Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party government. Mosques have filled up with confiscated loot, popular committees are being organized by clergy to restore civil services and order, and some prayer leaders have taken to patrolling their neighborhoods, forcing bakeries to feed people. Graffiti has cast away the name of Saddam City in favor of "Sadr City," in memory of a leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq Sadr, who was assassinated by Hussein's government in 1999.

2003-04-14 00:00:00

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