An al-Sadr/Saudi Wahhabi Alliance?

(Weekly Standard)Stephen Schwartz - Iraqi Shia sources claim that rebel Shia leader Moktada al-Sadr has sought an alliance with the Wahhabi sect, even though they express murderous hatred of Shias, whom they consider a non-Muslim product of a Jewish conspiracy, incredibly enough. Some Iraqis say al-Sadr recently visited Saudi Arabia, where Wahhabism is the official religion, for talks with Princes Sultan and Nayef, the main holders of power in the kingdom - notwithstanding the figurehead role played by Crown Prince Abdullah, who is said to oppose Wahhabism. Sultan is the father of Prince Bandar, Saudi ambassador to Washington. Nayef is best known for his remarks soon after September 11, 2001, blaming the horrors of that day on "Zionists."

2004-05-28 00:00:00

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