Iraqis boycott Jaish al-Mahdi parade and reject militias

Politicians said the Jaish al-Mahdi parade only encouraged violence and sectarianism. [Kareem Raheem / Reuters]

Politicians said the Jaish al-Mahdi parade only encouraged violence and sectarianism. [Kareem Raheem / Reuters]

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Iraqi officials and citizens denounced the parade held by members of the Jaish al-Mahdi militia in Baghdad on Thursday (May 26th), describing it as a provocation and in defiance of the democratic system in Iraq.

"Militias in general represent a threat to the democratic system in Iraq, the law and the Iraqi Constitution, and this is rejected by the Iraqis of different sects and ethnicities," said Ezzet al-Shahbander, a member of parliament from the State of Law Coalition.

"Provoking the situation in Iraq is totally unacceptable, because the slogans raised during the Jaish al-Mahdi parade were threatening to other Iraqi sects, which was an unjustified provocation against those communities in Iraq. It also incites sedition," he told Mawtani on Friday.

On Thursday, thousands of militia members marched in a parade along Fallah Street in Sadr City, chanting anti-Iraqi government slogans.

Iraqi security forces were forced to close many streets in the city because of the parade and imposed a security cordon around the area to avert any security incidents.

"Iraqis want to live in peace and calm in a state of law, not a state exhausted by militias and armed groups," Shahbander said. "Any vital issue related to Iraq can be solved peacefully and through consensus, without threats or unnecessary parades."

The parade caused a number of government service offices, shops and bakeries to close. Elementary schools in some neighborhoods in eastern Baghdad postponed final examinations. The parade also brought a halt to government projects such as resurfacing roads and constructing drinking water networks.

Alya Nusaif, spokesperson for al-Iraqiyah bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said, "Parades undermine the prestige of the state and the democratic system in Iraq before the entire world."

She told Mawtani that the Jaish al-Mahdi parade did not serve the interests of the Iraqi people, and "all must place the interests of Iraq above everything else".

Mahma Khalil, spokesperson for the Kurdish Alliance in the parliament, said the parade only creates conflict among the different Iraqi sects.

"The show of force will not serve the political process in Iraq at all. It gives a chance for armed groups to stage a similar parade, which would create chaos in the country," Khalil told Mawtani. "In the end, these parades do not reinforce the idea of a free, civil state ruled by the law."

In Iraqi streets, a feelings of anger prevailed among citizens. Many Baghdad residents boycotted the parade, preferring to remain at home rather than go out and support Jaish al-Mahdi.

"The militias should understand that they are a bunch of failures who could not rule Iraq, the land of civilization and knowledge," said Hazem Ali, 42, a taxi driver. "Threats to use force will no longer lead to any results because all Iraqis have become totally aware that submitting to militias would mean their slow death and backwardness."

Amer al-Tamimi, 36, who owns a clothing shop close to Sadr City, said he closed his shop out of fear of the gathering militia members.

"We understand very well that they do not wish us well. But they should know that they represent no one but themselves," he said. "They made us lose business and delayed our work. We have seen from them nothing but bad things."

Housewife Ruya Ali said, "The militias call for evil and a return to violence, while we call for peace and a prosperous future. For that, we could never meet with them in the same street."

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    حسن الحمايدة

    2014-2-25

    I liked the Mahdi heroes.

  • اه ياعراق

    2012-8-9

    Peace be on you. God is sufficient for us and he is the best disposer of affairs. I pray to god to help us against all hypocrites. Did you forget what Al Qaeda has done to Iraqis? Did you forget the decapitations and slaughtering of infants? To those who claim they love Iraq, I say save some of your malevolence and hatred. Strife was sleeping, so may God curse who woke it up.

  • عزة نفس

    2012-8-7

    The matter is funny and ironic. What is this? Are they all villains? We did not get from them except problems, bombings, Wahhabist ideas and killing. As if anyone wearing a turban should lead us! This matter does not concern us, as brother al-Kadhmawy said. Your words are gold my brother! Let them judge themselves first.

  • amar

    2012-7-27

    The al-Mahdy Army, who should be called the al-Mahdy Militia, are a bunch of backward murderers. May god curse them.

  • علي

    2012-7-26

    What is more important is that we must be Iraqis, not followers of anyone; especially of Iran, which cares for nothing but destroying Iraq. As for the Gulf countries, particularly Kuwait, which lives with the complex of occupation, they are the main cause of what is going on. They used to support Saddam, and then the magic turned against the magician; the main player is America.

  • علي الساعدي

    2012-7-10

    I want to clarify some points in the media. The most important thing is credibility in reporting the news, if you are neutral. The proof of your lack of credibility in reporting the reactions is that it is impossible to have hundreds of thousands unless there are millions parading in al-Mahdi army. No one is having a positive reaction to this parade. I want to clarify that these things are well-known to the current and he will not be deceived because al-Haddam (Saddam), God curse him, practiced them against the current. Fear God in what you do.

  • احمد الساعدي

    2011-9-17

    I just want to ask one question. Did Muqtada and his gang dare to organize this parade during the time of Saddam? I swear, he would have sliced them. Muqtada, who cannot even utter a single sentence correctly, became a leader!! I want to ask the Iraqis: Do you not know Muqtada Al-Sadr or not? He is an ignorant kid who suffers from articulation problems, and his followers are mainly mean people, including thugs, thieves and highwaymen. I am Sa’idi from Imarah, and I would like to declare that I disrespect Muqtada, who is followed by the blind. Iraq will rise again and those criminal militias will put an end to making peace. O God! Curse Muqtada until the Day of Judgment for the sake of Muhammad and his household.

  • سمير رمضان

    2011-7-26

    We have seen how this misguided ‘army’ has brought with it destructive ideologies, through which it wants to destroy all human values and spread chaos in society, and spread fear, oppression and deprivation, and impose ideas that are incompatible with people’s lives, because they are extremist ideas which aim to spread dissension and sectarian strife, and the violation of sanctities, and disregard for life, which God the Exalted has bestowed on humans, which is the very foundation of life and its main source of sustenance. This ‘army’ consists of criminal and immoral elements that spent long times in Iraqi jails on charges of immoral conduct during the previous regime. This army has been formed by certain individuals who want to realize their personal gains at the expense of the suffering endured by the Iraqi people, who have suffered so much as a result of the criminal activities perpetrated by the Mahdi Army against the peaceful people of Iraq, especially the Sunnis, who were the worst-affected by the criminal activities of the Mahdi Army, as they killed many Iraqis in an indescribable and barbarous manner. They have also forcibly displaced many families, and they have taken their homes, their property and their businesses, as well as other belongings.

  • براء خميس

    2011-7-13

    Everyone knows that the Mongoloid idiot, Muqtada al-Sadr, wants to bring strife back to Iraq and that he played a game to scare the Iraqi people; but shame on him, because he is a coward who has been foisted upon us. Some of the traitorous Iranians who have been trained well in Iran were showing off, thinking that it would scare the Sunnis and Christians and the remaining sects in Iraq, in addition to the Shiites. He parades his power before the others to scare and intimidate everyone. I hate him so much, because he is a despicable devil who never loved Iraq or the Shiites of Iraq for one day. He is playing this game for himself and for the filthy, malicious Iran that he follows. I want to tell him that this trick and this dirty parade didn’t do you any good. Everyone was talking about it that day, because it disrupted the official working day and the students’ exams, and many streets were closed that day. Everyone knows that he went to Iran for training and to train his cowardly army, and to make some silly show moves that prove the obvious and clear sectarian tension. He wants to send the message that Iraq will be an Islamic state that he alone rules, and that it will be a state for Shiites only. By God, Iraq’s Shiites are respectable people. But this traitorous dog has distorted their reputation. I want to say that if this parade were for monkeys, it would have been much better and prettier, because monkeys can understand people and they are not brutal; they are nice and not cruel. All I want from the honorable Iraqis is for them to come together and have unity as their only concern, for an Iraq free of the sectarianism, hatred and maliciousness that this dirty idiot wants. This parade was like a circus where animals move and jump everywhere in order for people to laugh. All Iraqis hate this dirty idiot, who never wanted the betterment of Iraq and Iraqis. He is the son of the damned Iran. I pray to God Almighty to rid us of their cowardly and filthy evil that aims at dividing Iraq into factions according to his dirty whims.

  • ارواحنا كلها فداء للصدر وبنه مقتدى

    2011-7-11

    O God! Send peace and blessings upon the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his household, and make the long-waited al-Mahdi emerge soon. O God! Curse their enemies. Peace be upon the Sadrists, their supporters and all the honorable, just, and zealous people. Dear leader, mujahid Muqtada Al-Sadr, these people who speak only to defend their partisan, sectarian, or personal interests, do not wish good for Iraq or themselves. Do not care for them, sir, and be sure that we support you to the death. We wish to be martyred in front of you. We do not fear death, whether it comes to us or whether we go to it.

  • عادل المعموري

    2011-7-3

    Best regards. The parade that was organized upon invitation by Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr was a peaceful parade to celebrate the birth of pure Fatima Zahra (AS). It was not a military parade where arms were carried, but it was a civilian parade so that the other parties understand that there is an Islamic awareness and to remind people with that of the birth of Zahra (AS). In addition, it revives the memory of the household of the Prophet, peace be upon him, as they said, “may Allah have mercy upon whoever revives our memory”. So, no one should give full reign to the misgivings or doubts that this parade was military. Therefore, the leader Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr announced that whoever carries weapons in this parade or even wears a military uniform does not belong in this parade and the Sadrist Movement. It was an Islamic and civilian point of view and it aims at reviving the memory of the household of the Prophet, peace be upon him, just as that which happens in Shiite mosques and religious events worldwide. We must do justice to this man and refrain from leveling unjust charges against him.

  • عراقي حر

    2011-6-30

    What does this parade mean? Where are the victims of the so-called Sawlat al-Fursan, and who is responsible for what happened and the victims that fell? This question is for the Prime Minister.

  • الكظماوي

    2011-6-29

    Certainly, the al-Mahdi Army is based on sectarianism and personal interests.

  • عباس

    2011-6-27

    The parade was peaceful and Islamic, and it was for the support of Islam and Iraq and also for the expulsion of the occupation. As for those who oppose this, they need to express their opinion in a kind way, rather than speaking in a way that is devoid of manners, patriotism and internet communication etiquette. Otherwise, this would show the personality of the individual and his ethical background.

  • أبن دجاه

    2011-6-23

    All praise be to God, and we ask him to send peace upon the Prophet, peace be upon him, and his household. The Mahdi Army and al-Qaeda in Iraq are two faces of the same coin: they are enemies publicly, but allies secretly. Unfortunately, the Iraqi government and the occupation never reveal this through the investigations or interrogations, because this allows them to stay longer. Just for your information, both the Mahdi Army and al-Qaeda are trained in Iran, and the separation between them is a fence of barbed wires. I want to ask the Mahdi Army: how many Americans did you kill? How many armored vehicles did you burn? If you did so, then it usually happened by mistake. The Iraqis who were killed at your hands exceed the number of the Americans whom you killed. In addition, a true resistance would target the occupation exclusively. However, your focus was on killing the Sunnis and raping women. You are unfortunately led by a kid who disobeyed his parents. Do not be a tool to be used by Iran and the USA. Consider your conditions? Did this change anything? I would like to remind you that if your leader was a real Mujaahid, then why did he disappear? Why does he hide in Iran, where he enjoys women, money and security? Is he better than you are? If he is better, then what are the qualifications that made him so? Is it his knowledge? By the way, he does not even know how to use weapons and he cannot differentiate between names of the weapons. He only eats and sleeps and waits for his orders to come from Iran. Please read history to learn about the characteristics of real resistance leaders, regardless of their religions. After that, compare these characteristics with those of your leader. Have some reason, for God’s sake. Please, do not let them deceive you.

  • لطفي عبدالله

    2011-6-21

    The so-called Mahdi Army was formed in a critical period experienced by the country and during conditions that were not normal. The problem is that this militia has contained in its ranks many unemployed and failed young people, and many criminals and ex-prisoners. All of them were gathered into the so-called Mahdi Army, but it is actually an armed militia that kills, rapes, steals and assassinates as it likes, under the pretext that it is working to serve the people, taking advantage of the name of one of the Ahl al-Bayt, peace be upon them, to deceive the people and influence them. But all Iraqis, Sunnis and Shiites, hate the Mahdi Army, and there is great fear that this criminal militia will once again start practicing its activities, attacking civilians and setting up fake checkpoints to arrest and kill as they like, and throwing the bodies out on the street. They may carry out kidnapping and robbery again, in addition to the organized displacement which was carried out by elements of this militia against Sunni families in many areas. All those crimes carried out by the Mahdi Army would not be carried out by educated people, who want to serve the nation and the religion. But if we look at each element of this criminal militia, we will know the reality of the Mahdi Army. The Mahdi Army has spread sectarian thinking to engage the country in a civil war. The members of the Mahdi Army attacked the sanctity of mosques, because they belong to the Sunni community. We wonder how long these militias will exist in Iraq, in public or in secret. I hope the government announces its position on any militia clearly and fights them, especially as there are a lot of proven charges against the Mahdi Army.

  • الكضماوي

    2011-6-20

    Can I ask a question? Who are the members of the al-Mahdi Army? The members include jobless youth, addicts, thieves and destitute people. This means that all of them joined in order to achieve their personal interests rather than because of their love for the Sayyid or their hatred towards the occupation.

  • محمد

    2011-6-19

    The militias are the filthiest of all people, and I ask God to burn them in hell. Thank you.

  • فهمي الخطاب

    2011-6-19

    The military parade which was performed by the militia which is called the Mahdi Army in Baghdad is no more than a completion of the acts of criminality and terrorism upon which this militia has been founded. The Mahdi Army has caused many of the internal problems experienced by Iraq and Iraqis. In fact, I believe that such a military parade looks like an exhibition of military force which represents a challenge, because this militia wants to impose itself on the constituents of the Iraqi people, including the government and the regime, through their acts. I wonder what the role of Mahdi Army militia is in the ruling regime. I also wonder what authorization this militia had in order to hold such a military parade in public and provoke the feelings of others. I think that Iraq and Iraqis have suffered enough horrors and calamities from terrorist organizations and the militia of the Mahdi Army. We have experienced enough suffering at the hands of such sectarian militias to have them appear once again in such a way. In fact, the Mahdi Army is trying to militarize the community once again and bring sectarianism back, which all Iraqis dislike. Such an act, which we totally reject, may have a great impact on the current security and stability, as well as the rejection of sectarianism achieved in Iraq. Thus, this military parade of the Mahdi Army is rejected by all Iraqis at present. In fact, what happened to us because of the armed gangs and groups, which caused a lot of harm to us and to our country, was enough. Indeed, we have lost many of our loved ones because of these armed militias, gangs and organizations, particularly the Mahdi Army militia, which is still stained with the blood of Iraqis. Thus, the internal situation in Iraq can no longer bear further provocations, shows of power or attempts to mobilize civilians once again. In fact, I think that this issue could affect national unity. Thus, it will be rejected, of course, since we would like a country that is free of militias.

  • zain

    2011-6-19

    I would like to remind all people who enjoy this picture and pride themselves in it, that it is religiously prohibited to act in conformity with the infidels. Of course, there is no disagreement regarding this. So, why do you defame the son of the martyr and give him the titles of the infidel Baathists? If you truly love him, why do you call him “the leader” and so forth? I cannot believe that he wants such titles, because if he accepted this, I would disassociate myself from him. You refer to his speeches at the Husayniyyahs as “the statements of the extraordinarily brave…. leader”! Allow me to ask you: Did the titles of the Baathists deceive you? If you are so simple, then you have to prove that Saddam’s end sent these titles with him to the grave. In addition, you should get rid of the word “statement” and search for a better word, because this does not satisfy the Prophet or the commander of the believers. Otherwise, you would prove that you give precedence to your fancies over the truth. This is what God the Almighty mentioned in his Great Book about those who give precedence to the truth over their fancies. This is the epitome of religious innovation. As for those who seek Islamic democracy, not American democracy, I call on them to prove what I have said. God is the guide.

  • محمد عاشور

    2011-6-18

    All of them are Baathists and they protect themselves and their fathers. Hence, they became Sadrists. This is a hundred percent accurate, and if you do not believe it, you can ask about the members of the al-Mahdi Army and their origins at Al-Midhatiya.

  • سلمان

    2011-6-18

    First, it is unacceptable to call these deviant groups and gangs as well as highwaymen as al-Mahdi Army because they have created havoc on earth under the leadership of a totally ignorant man, who is accursed in this world and in the hereafter for all the crimes that he and his gangs committed. You can ask the honorable people of Basra about what the accursed Sadrist movement has done to them. This movement is accursed and I ask God to take revenge upon them and their families for what they did to the innocent people.

  • رائد

    2011-6-18

    In the name of God the Most Merciful the ever Merciful. I address all those who rule with their minds and see with their hearts to realize that this website is malicious and does not respect the name of Iraq. That is because every reasonable person, especially the Iraqis, know the reality of the Sadrist movement very well. However, what can we do or say in response to the ignorant people? The best thing to do is to keep away from them. They know exactly who the Sadrist movement is and they fear his name. Hence, the words they use to refer to it are nothing but signs of disappointment.

  • ابو حسين الواسطي

    2011-6-18

    I blame the government, which is supposed to be elected by all Iraqis. How could it give permission for the militias to parade in the capital city of Baghdad? What is the purpose? Today this faction organized a parade, but what if tomorrow another faction decided to organize a similar parade as muscle-flexing? What would be the response of the government? Would it agree or not? In fact, the government is helpless and the militias dominate the street. However, if it refused such activities, them it would be accused of fomenting sectarian strife and planting sectarianism. Dear brothers, we are all brothers and we live under one roof. We had no sectarian or racist discrimination and we were all oppressed by the former Baathist regime, may God destroy it forever. We wish that the politicians would understand this point and respect the feelings of the Iraqis, whether Kurds, Arabs, Sunnis or Shiites (I am sorry for using this categorization, because after all we are equal brothers). We hope that this phenomenon will never happen again and that the government will apologize to the people for this irresponsible behavior.

  • عادل محمد

    2011-6-18

    The Mahdi Army is one of the largest militias in Iraq, and it was and is still committing a lot of crimes that have harmed the Iraqi people of various sects. This militia caused the collapse of the security situation in Iraq, because it ignited sectarian strife through the radical ideas which it pursues, by igniting the sectarian situation. It was the cause of the deaths of many Iraqis, and a lot of innocent people suffered from its criminality. The actions by the militia called the Mahdi Army cannot be imagined. The elements of this militia are criminals who practice murder professionally, and their hearts are dead, like their consciences. They have committed crimes against innocent martyrs who were kidnapped and their bodies were thrown into the streets, after they had been tortured and their organs dismembered. These signs are seen on the bodies of innocent people, as the criminals of the Mahdi Army used different tools in torturing them. I think all the Iraqi people know what was done by this sectarian militia and its criminal followers, who caused Iraqis pains through their vile acts practiced against innocent people. These criminals have carried out a lot of works that show how criminal they are, because they have displaced families and ignited sectarian strife. They controlled the state institutions and forced employees to leave their jobs under the threat of death. This criminal militia did not hesitate to carry out anything that would harm Iraq and its people. It was the first in carrying out acts of violence, which have shaken the security and stability in many provinces in Iraq. It also carried out acts of looting, pillage, rape and terror through bombings, assassinations, killing and displacement of competent university science professors, doctors and scientists.

  • ابن الجنوب

    2011-6-18

    Peace be upon you…. First, I would like to remind you that this is not a militia but an ideological army. The parade was against the occupation, and I cannot imagine that there is an Iraqi who loves the occupation. I swear I am not a member of the al-Mahdi Army. Peace be upon you….

  • محمد المالكي

    2011-6-18

    A message to my beloved leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, may God bless him. Dear master, do not worry about the comments of those hypocrites and liars who utter pure lies and backbite the others. Master, we are under your command and we are your humble soldiers. I pledge to continue defending you and your venerable grandfathers, as well as the beloved Iraq, even if I were alone. May God witness to what I am saying.

  • الصدري

    2011-6-18

    The al-Mahdi Army can organize parades at any time or any place as it wishes, without taking anyone’s opinion. That is because whoever rejects what we want, we can destroy him. We did not obtain permission from anyone, and anyone who objects to this can bang his head on the nearest wall. You can abuse the army as you wish now, but this is to be expected from cowards like you. However, the army will take revenge upon you in the future.

  • عراقي

    2011-6-18

    We want you to forget the idea that the Mahdi Army or any other militia will return. In fact, people are fed up with all causes of tension. While the other countries are focusing on developing their economies, we just think about the return of the Mahdi Army. Let the Mahdi Army clean up the streets of Baghdad to get rid of the spread of wastes, instead of showing off. The Sadrist bloc led by Muqtada has to improve its performance. I ask the brothers who defend the Mahdi Army to stop the insults, verbal abuse and threats and tell us about the deeds of the ministers of this bloc and the changes they have implemented. By the way, I am not from the Baath party. I have been honored that the dictator Saddam executed dozens of my family members and cousins for belonging to other parties and for taking part in repeated uprisings, including the first Sadrist uprising in Kadhimiya city in the early eighties and the uprising of the blessed Sha'ban. I also have a brother who was executed following the events and uprising of the commander of the Second Renaissance, Mr. Mohammed Muhammed Sadiq Al-Sadr, this strong lion who has unnerved the tyrants.

  • مسلم

    2011-6-18

    Sunni people believe in Mahdi Al-Montazar, i.e. The Awaited One, and not in the fake Shiite Mahdi who has made them a laughingstock. In fact, Al-Tusi said in his book “The Absence”: “Waiting for the Mahdi is among the Shiites’ basic dogmas, they have pretended that he has been absent for temporary reasons and that he will come back in order to spread justice and prosperity in the land, instead of it being full of injustice and oppression.” That’s why they stay near his vault in Samarra, where there is a beast that he will ride when he comes out of the vault. This is in addition to the groups who call on him to come out, and they have brandished their weapons. They have even avoided praying in order not to miss his coming. That’s why they have not joined the five prayers. In fact, they have practiced this even in the remote places and not only near the vault, especially in the last ten days of Ramadan. And some others have gone to the east in order to call him with high voices, demanding that he come out, even though there is no Mahdi. In fact, this is just a myth that has been denied by Islam. Thus, there is no need for them to raise their voices, because even if there is the so-called Mahdi Al-Montazar, he cannot come out without the permission of God. And if God will allow him to get out, he will be protected by God. Thus, there is no need for these fanatics who have thought that they are carrying out good work. In fact, their work has been indicted by logic and reason. Thus, how can he spread justice and prosperity without being protected by God? Isn’t that a contradiction? This has become determined in their faith according to Al-Kulainy in his book “Al-Kafi”: “The land cannot be without an Imam, unless it is more than forty days prior to the Day of Resurrection; then there is no argument, and there will be no acceptance of the repentance of the Shiites and Shiism.” P. 351-388.

  • رافت عزت

    2011-6-18

    The terrorist organization al-Qaeda and the militias of the Mahdi Army have been the main reason behind the displacement of families in Diyala. Besides, they have incited sectarian violence. In fact, they have tried to sow discord, killing, destruction and devastation throughout the city. However, the citizens of Diyala are among the bravest and poorest people. In fact, they have always been targeted by these two criminal sides that have carried out terrorism, violence and cruelty. Thus, the Mahdi Army has worked on spreading sectarian violence in the region by sowing discord between Sunnis and Shiites. This is in order to destroy the city and to spread their poison among the innocent. In addition, the Mahdi Army has incited the youth to resort to violence and cruelty and to destroy the residential areas and the innocent citizens. These terrorist organizations have worked to sow sectarianism and discord among the people. In fact, they have pretended to be from the Iraqi Shiites. However, the Shiites are honest persons and they do not carry out such criminal operations, like the Mahdi Army does. In fact, the members of the Mahdi Army have been trained in the despicable Iran, which does not want the wellbeing of Iraq and Iraqis. I hate them very much because all their operations have been dirty and stupid, especially since they have aimed at claiming the citizens’ lives and sowing discord and hatred among the people. In fact, they have tried to target the calm residential areas. However, God Almighty has prevented them from achieving this, because God is gracious and merciful towards His people, and eventually the truth will prevail. In fact, the innocent citizens of Diyala have always tried to calm the situation in the city. However, the cowardly terrorists have worked on sowing discord and sectarianism. Thus, may God save Iraq and the Iraqis from terrorism and from the terrorists of the poisonous and dirty Mahdi Army. May God punish them. And may God save us from their evil and vileness that brings bad luck to Iraq and Iraqis. Thus, may God help the poor Iraq that has been affected by everyone from outside and inside the country.

  • كاهي

    2011-6-17

    I have commented, but my comment was not published; why? I said that I despise those who abuse others as they wish. I expressed my contempt for those who publish the comments of those corrupt people, and I reiterate my contempt for you again.

  • اسيرالروح

    2011-6-17

    I swear if we do not get rid of all the militias in Iraq, regardless of their names, we will never feel safe or secure in our country. Unfortunately, some people came with the occupation and promised to compensate the Iraqis for what they have suffered over the past decades in terms of injustice. However, the sin of this people destroyed them, and it will continue destroying them. The names that they brought with them were unknown in Iraq before that. All those who praise the militias, regardless of their names and ideologies, are responsible for killing the Iraqis. Finally, we ask God to save the Iraqis from the evils of those people. Amen.

  • وادي الذئاب

    2011-6-17

    May God curse the founders of the al-Mahdi Army and its supporters and sponsors, because they are thieves, adulterers and homosexuals, including Salem Ayesh and Riyadh Al-Wawi.

  • سوسن

    2011-6-17

    I only want to say one thing: May God destroy the Army of Addiction. You are killers and pimps, especially Sayyid, the master of PlayStation. I swear a single battalion of Special Forces can wipe you out and make you weep. Indeed, you are pimps.

  • ابن العراق الجريح

    2011-6-17

    Peace be upon you…. I call on the al-Mahdi Army to stop these stories. Are you not satisfied with the sectarian divide? Do you not know that God the Almighty is watching and that He sees everything that you do? Why do we not join hands and be united in order to save the wounded Iraq? Stop the use of arms and murder. Even imaam al-Mahdi does not accept such use of arms. Thank you. Son of Iraq.

  • ماجد

    2011-6-17

    Courage!

  • muter

    2011-6-17

    We want another Sawlat al-Fursan, led by the heroic leader Abu Israa. Please, Mr. Prime Minister, do not give a chance to anyone who wants to shake the security situation, whether it is the al-Mahdi Army, the Baathist Ayad Allawi or the Islamic Party. We want you to suppress all those who dare to think about destabilizing Iraq or affecting its security, including the mass media that are based in Eastern Iraq and Baghdad. We ask God to help Abu Israa against this deviant group.

  • الحسناوي

    2011-6-17

    The parade of the militias of Muqtada Al-Sadr is unjustified and illegal. It also gives the right to the other militias to organize similar parades and to resume their terrorist operations. The Iraqi government allowed this parade on orders of the Iranian intelligence and with the consent of the US forces. All the demagogues who preach ill words and follow anyone who does as well, must know that the Iraqi people will complain to God the Exalted, Who will grant the truth victory over falsehood .

  • محمد

    2011-6-16

    I am Iraqi.

  • احسان فاروق

    2011-6-16

    The Mahdi Army has caused a lot of misery in Iraq and has carried out the highest rate of brutal crimes as a result of their pernicious intrigues, deep hatred, jealousy, ignorance, and backwardness. May God curse them in life and in the hereafter. And may God curse all those who have caused the suffering of Iraqis and all those who do not want the wellbeing of this nation. These terrorists have been the cause behind the spread of discord and sectarianism in Iraq, especially between Shiites, Sunnis and Christians. Thus, they have torn the Iraqis’ unity apart with their hatred and blindness. They are just animals who have been guided by the heads of Iranian snakes to carry out brutal operations in order to spread poison and hatred. These dogs have been led to tear apart the honest Iraqis’ bodies. In addition, they have made Iraqis live in fear of terrorism because of these brutal crimes. And they want to shed more blood in Iraq which has been filled with mutilated bodies that have been scattered everywhere in the streets, districts, and cities due to bombing, killing, kidnapping, booby-trapping, slaughtering, torturing and mutilation. May God curse all those who have carried out these crimes in Iraq and all those who are happy with what has happened in the country. And may God curse all those who have sent subversive elements and killers in order to shed the Iraqis’ blood without discriminating between children, women, elders and youth. They have claimed the lives of all these people without mercy. Thus, may God curse this Mahdi Army that has followed its master like a dog that does not know where it is going, whether to hell or to its death. It has been just a means by which to carry out cowardly terrorist plans on Iraqi land. In fact, the Iraqis are victims who have not enjoyed comfort since God created them.

  • نضال محمد

    2011-6-16

    The Mahdi Army that has been led by Muqtada Al-Sadr started its bloody life in Iraq by sowing discord between Muslim Sunnis and Shiites. In fact, these militias have attacked at least 200 Sunni mosques and they have killed more than 260 Imams. This is in addition to claiming the lives of hundreds of workers in the mosque. Asaeb Ahl al-Haq and the Mahdi Army have raised the bloody slogans: “One hundred persons for every head.” This refers to one hundred Sunni persons for every Shiite. In fact, Muqtada Al-Sadr has allowed these bloody groups to undermine the country’s security by sowing sectarianism. And even in Tehran, Muqtada Al-Sadr has incited his militias to practice terrorism in Iraq. In fact, he has succeeded in supplying them with arms and money. That is why his movement has become very influential and popular in Iraq. Thus, these groups and militias have increased in the country, and they have been incited by Muqtada Al-Sadr to carry out terrorist operations such as killing, stealing and bloodshed. This is in addition to incite sectarianism which wreaked havoc and destruction on earth and caused murder, displacing families, destroying mosques, and spreading terror and fear among the people of the one country.

  • حسين

    2011-6-16

    Unfortunately, this website is malicious, because there is no single comment in favor of the Mahdi Army. I am a resident of the city and I am independent. However, I know that you fear the Mahdi Army because of its wide popular support. Who said that the Iraqis do not support the Mahdi Army? I have attended the parade as a journalist and I saw with my own eyes the wide support for the parade of the Mahdi Army in addition to the good organization and discipline of the activities of the parade.

  • had5

    2011-6-16

    The Sadrists are the cause of unrest and sectarianism in Iraq, and they are thieves too.

  • ياسر السامرائي

    2011-6-15

    Peace be upon you…. First, I would like to blame the supporters of Muqtada Al-Sadr. What is wrong with you? Whenever you speak, you accuse the Baathists and Wahhabis; you mean the Sunnis. Shame on you, because if you want to expel the Americans, you can just go to their bases and fight them, rather than returning from Iran to play the role of the nobility, while you know nothing about honor. What is wrong with you? Wake up and see where you have ended up. The whole world despises you, and all people are against Muqtada Al-Sadr and his followers. However, I just want some of you to be reasonable and consider this issue and what they will do with their lives. I preferred not to generalize, because it is wrong to judge all Sunnis or Shia in the same way. Both parties have mean people and criminal killers, but I advise you to look around you and see the world and its progress, in comparison with our backwardness. However, some of you organize a parade, while others kill so and so. This is shameful, because we are not mad dogs. In the past, whenever we heard about the death of anyone, even if he was not from our area, we would hasten to help his family. Where is the manhood and magnanimity? Why have the people started chasing money in this frenzied way? Some people would counter that they cannot get money in any other way. Is this logical? Where are the reasonable Iraqis? Currently, we only see one group attacking another and one abusing the others. The girls and boys are now mainly interested in friendship, chatting, using mobile phones and the like. We should be realistic and honest. This is shameful! Please look at how the world is making progress, while we are deteriorating. What is wrong with you? Iraq was a blessed and rich state, and then it became the home of unrest, murder and looting. The Iraqi used to be respected everywhere. May God have mercy upon Saddam. Some people would hastily attack me fiercely for speaking about Saddam in this way, but I advise such people to think carefully and deliberately and to remember the time when this man was the ruler of Iraq, from south to north and from west to east. Some people would counter that Saddam is responsible for the mass graves and the Halabja massacre. However, I assure you that these crimes were committed by Iran, as proved by documents and books. Of course, I do not mean the books that are being published by the government to poison the minds of the Iraqis.

  • يوسف

    2011-6-15

    Peace be upon you…. Quite the contrary, the people were very happy with the parade, and I know people who attended the parade, while they are not Sadrists. You are sinful because you just talk and refuse to resist the occupation. Thank you.

  • محمد الصدري

    2011-6-15

    Whether you like it or not, the al-Mahdi Army is the truth, not an illusion, and this peaceful and unarmed parade proved that the supporters of the Sadrist Movement represent one-third of Iraq. Are you claiming that one-third of the Iraqis are backward, ignorant and criminal? Anyway, trying to convince some people feels like walking in an endless desert. The army is present and the armed resistance against the occupation exists, as admitted by the friends before the enemies. In addition, what is the cause of this grudge, which is like that of Saddam? Saddam has gone to the dunghill of history or even a worse place. We ask God to support the al-Mahdi Army and its leader.

  • ابومحمد

    2011-6-15

    Dear brothers, we want to get rid of the herd mentality, and this requires more awareness and culture among the citizens. Do you know, dear brothers, that even the members of the parliament do not represent or give their personal opinions, but they adopt the stance of the heads of the movements and the parties? Wake up, dear brothers, and see what the Arabs have offered to humanity. Consider the Western countries and how they have made progress despite their difference in religions and sects. I swear, dear brothers, that we are the worst enemies of Islam without being aware of it. Would you please forgive me for speaking in this way, but please try to understand me correctly.

  • ابن العراق

    2011-6-15

    I swear this is shameful for them. Where have we been and where are we now? What is wrong with the people? Who is Muqtada and why has he turned into a role model for most of the simple, uneducated, and helpless Shiites? I swear I feel sorry for them, because they are poor and they follow the intellectuals and scholars. Unfortunately, our Shiite brothers have a very small number of intellectuals. How else would you explain the militias? Thank you. God is the guide.

  • جيش ..........

    2011-6-15

    The parade held by the terrorist militias of the Mahdi Army is a great provocation to the feelings of most Iraqis, because it brings back memories of the calamities and disasters the Iraqi society went through as a result of the criminal acts committed by this Non-Mahdi, i.e. “not so guided,” Army. It is not a Mahdi, i.e. “guided” Army; it is rather a misguided army that enjoys killing people and shedding their blood to satisfy its deviant tendencies, as most of the members in the formations of this oppressive army are made up of deviants with criminal records who have served time in Iraqi prisons for committing different dishonorable crimes against safe, unsuspecting Iraqis. They got out of Iraq’s prisons because of the change in the ruling regime in Iraq, and they joined the militias of the Mahdi Army to commit criminal acts again, in a way that lends a formal air to it and with great support from Iran. Iran sponsors and develops the capacities of this savage army in order to destroy Iraqi society, especially the Muslim Sunni sect, which disagrees with Iran over secondary religious issues. Moreover, Iran opened camps on its lands to train those criminals and teach them about the arts of killing, terrorism, displacement of people and violating people’s honor and property. In addition to that, those criminals are also trained in the arts of torture, which only the rulers of Iraq used to know. The Iraqi government has cooperated with the multi-national forces in Iraq and stood up to these terrorist militias and chased them all over Iraq to save people from their evil. The government authorities and their supporting entities have been able to arrest many of the leaders and members of this deviant army and put them in jail. The remaining ones were able to escape to their ally, Iran, which is considered their safe refuge to get away from the government pursuit of them. Thus, Iraq became safer than before. Also, Iraqi citizens were able to wander in different areas safely and freely. However, currently we see that the ruling authority has grown lenient, as a result of the political agreement between the Sadrist movement and the government, which led to releasing the previously arrested members of the Mahdi Army and their return to the Iraqi arena again.

  • مازن

    2011-6-15

    Muqtada al-Sadr has become the only leader of terrorism in Iraq. In fact, he is delivering speeches to Iraqis in order to ignite major sedition which extends from Baghdad to outside Iraq. Thus, Iranian intelligence has actually succeeded in creating Shiite centers of power by making use of the Mahdi Army, which implements their orders in order to sow internal sedition to undermine security in Iraq and pave the way for Iran to take control of Iraq and of its wealth resources. In addition, Iran wants to murder and displace Iraq’s original Sunni inhabitants and confiscate their money as well as properties, in order to build a Safawi Shiite Nation, according to the theory of the late Khomeini. This process is referred to as the exportation of the Iranian Revolution to regional countries in order to take control of them, loot their wealth and enslave their people, so as to restore the glory of Persia, which was eradicated by the Muslims during the era of the first Islamic Caliphate. The latter rid people of the injustice and tyranny of Persia.

  • جيفارا

    2011-6-14

    Those people are naïve and poor, because their hunger and pains make them live in this heavenly and mythical story. What army or general leader are they speaking about? If they had had working minds, they would have asked themselves about the school where their alleged missing leader studied military sciences or trained for the position of commander. They are perplexed and naïve by birth and they represent the real tragedy of Iraq. Since when has Muqtada al-Sadr been resisting the Americans? He is just like the other naïve man, Hasan Nasrallah in Lebanon. What resistance has been led by those two naïve men, while the signs of stupidity and betrayal appear on their sacred countenances? Do not forget the agent Abu Nidal, because he is your role model.

  • شخص يتحدث بمنطق

    2011-6-14

    This kind of discussion and news is very strange. I just want to know the difference between the Iraqi army and the militias. Most of them are killers, thieves, criminals and addicts who were released as part of the general pardon of Saddam, and became soldiers, officers, generals, and commanders in the Mahdi Army. In short, most of them are like beasts led by al-Maliki and Muqtada. However, we trust God alone, as He is the only one who knows what is in our hearts. We thank God for everything and we thank him in all conditions.

  • حيدر الصدري

    2011-6-14

    God is the Greatest.

  • مرتضى المحياوي

    2011-6-14

    We will remain as soldiers with our leader Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr until we defeat the occupation and terrorism, God willing.

  • خالد الرصافي

    2011-6-14

    To the commenter Umm Mahdi: the day will come when your face will be obliterated out of shame, because you are abusing your master. I want to ask you, why do you weep and slap your face over al-Hussein? This is the son of al-Hussein, and the one who follows in his footsteps, literally, of course. You do not believe that this is true, but I want you to wait and see and we will wait with you. He is not mentally retarded, but I swear if you saw him, he would dazzle you with his gravity. We have met many people like you, and their end was a scandal. Ok, just wait and remember that you are unjust and shameless. Many people like you have felt remorse, but you are heedless, because you attack the people of God, whom He defends. I swear he looks like a full moon on a dark night. You are evil indeed.

  • طالب رشاد

    2011-6-13

    The military parade put on by the Mahdi Army militia was an affront to the feelings of the Iraqi citizens inside the country and abroad. It brought back to mind the pains and the woes that had befallen the Iraqi people as a result of the terrorist activities and aggression perpetrated by the members of this corrupt and perverted army, whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent people who perished as a result of sectarian atrocities committed by this criminal militia against a large segment of the Iraqi people. This has left a deep wound that cannot be healed easily. Today, through this parade, they are attempting to make a show of force before the Iraqis and the whole world, since by this perverted act, they are trying to bring Iraq back to square one, so that they can bring destruction and devastation to the country once again, after God the Exalted has favored us with a measure of security and calm. They are doing this in order to implement the agendas of their Persian masters, who are ruling in Iran. They have been attempting for several millennia to occupy Iraq and annex it to their country and take control of its resources, in order to serve their own economy and to develop their country, and leave Iraq in a weak state and devastated, with ravens of ruin and destruction croaking over it. Such are the Mahdi Army and other criminals who are unified in their aim and ambition, which is to spread corruption and depravity in society, to plunder people’s wealth and to steal the resources of Iraq. They do not have the ability or the capabilities to defend Iraq; however, they have been used by Iran with the objective of killing Iraqis. Everyone knows that, as it has become one of the things that are obvious, regarding the extent of the strong relations between the leadership of the Mahdi Army and the Iranians, who train these militias and support them with money and weapons in order to keep the violence and tensions going in Iraq, in order to halt the development process in the country. Additionally, these militias were behind the armed terrorist operations that targeted civilians in various cities across Iraq. In addition, they engage in robbery, armed robbery and drug trafficking from Iran. So, this army is one of the dangerous diseases that need to be surgically removed and eliminated, because no other entity should be permitted to carry arms in the country apart from the Iraqi Army and the security forces, which have been constitutionally mandated and tasked with the preservation of peace.

  • رائد اشمري

    2011-6-13

    Muqtada Al-Sadr is a scream in the face of all oppressors, and I expect that the end of this situation is very near, even if some people believe that it is impossible.

  • جميل

    2011-6-13

    The government has to assume its responsibilities and correct its mistakes. I think this has no influence on the state, nor does it affect the comfort of the Iraqis. I am an Iraqi, not Sadrist, brother.

  • امير البغدادي

    2011-6-13

    The army of addiction and the parade of hypocrisy must stop. Consider how the world is making progress while we are killing each other on sectarian bases. This is a psychological war between the political blocs, which will destroy this country. Please, have mercy upon those who are on earth, so that God will have mercy upon you. May God curse the thieves and the infidels.

  • علي

    2011-6-13

    I am Shiite, but as an Iraqi citizen I reject the muscle-flexing and I call on the government to play its role in defending Iraq and protecting its security and stability. Those who truly love Iraq need to be under the patronage of the government, rather than following orders of non legitimate sources. They should be under the disposition of the government as long as it is legitimate, and elected by the Iraqis. Unfortunately, the government is afraid of the militias.

  • ابو مؤمل المحاويلي

    2011-6-13

    You are right, dear owner of this website. That is because if the al-Mahdi Army had not organized this parade, the streets would have been asphalted and drinking water would have reached all houses, and electricity of course would have been there 24 hours a day. The government was intending to solve all of these problems on that particular day, but the the parade kept them from doing so. We ask God to support the truth and its supporters, and to disgrace the hypocrites.

  • طارق

    2011-6-13

    O God! Curse the army of addiction, and never allow them to return, because they are groups of demagogues who deny the truth and love evil. What did we get from them and their shameful and ominous crimes? These terrorist gangs specialize in torture and bloodshed. We ask God to disgrace them in this world and in the hereafter. I swear I have not seen a single glimpse of faith in any of them. They claim that they are righteous, but if you had seen their crimes in Kerbela during the Sha'bani visit, you would have wanted to have something to slice them with and serve their flesh to the dogs. I would like to say to Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr that he has to stop this nonsense. Iraq only wants you to step aside and stop harming it.

  • محمد الحيدري

    2011-6-12

    The al-Mahdi Army is a group of murderers who belong to the Revolution City, Jamela District. The mad dogs of the al-Mahdi Army kidnapped my father when he was going to his work and shot him dead within less than an hour on 10/16/2006, corresponding to the last ten nights of Ramadan. My father was fasting when they killed him. We seek God’s help against them.

  • العراقي

    2011-6-12

    I would very respectfully refute the claims of the writer and publisher of this article. I was among the attendants of the parade and I watched it and made the following observations: 1- There were no slogans or chants against the government or any party or any provocative act against any particular sect. 2- With regard to the claim that the parade paralyzed the service projects, this is a shamefully fabricated allegation, because I work near this area and know the nature of these harmful projects. I will not speak any more about this issue, because this vexes me. 3- The slogans that were chanted were against the occupation only, because there are calls for a delay in the withdrawal from Iraq, and this will not serve the interests of many people, unfortunately. 4- Since when did you begin to care about the exams and the Iraqi people, especially since you have destroyed Iraq. I swear you have made Iraq a laughingstock for all people.

  • نبيل برزان

    2011-6-12

    The parade held by the so-called militia of the Mahdi Army is the biggest proof that there are evil intentions to restore the situation to what it was in the past, when there were assassinations, murders, kidnappings, torture and genocide against the people of Iraq. God alone knows what will happen in the future. This parade was actually a show of power, but it was unreasonable, because no one was thinking of the interest of Iraq or of working together seriously to improve the situation in the country and to calm the tensions. The parade that was held has revived fear in the hearts of the majority of the people of Iraq, who long suffered from displacement throughout the past years that were full of pain. By this act, they want to tell the Iraqis that the devastation is coming and the destruction of Iraq will be at their hands, despite the fact that Iraq has witnessed relative stability and it is possible for the people of Iraq to breathe a sigh of relief. But the parade has restored fear and terror to the hearts of the Iraqi people and made them recall the days of terrorism in which they stayed at home without work. They have experienced hunger, deprivation and destitution, and this parade is an act of sabotage and indicates disobeying the regime and lack of respect for the people of Iraq. There are those who act without any deterrent, and this person called Muqtada al-Sadr should understand that this behavior is a bad omen. Any spark will inflame the situation and destroy everything, and only Iran is benefiting because it hides poison among the people of Iraq in order to eliminate the Iraqi people at the hands of the Mahdi Army. Everyone should think about the interests of Iraq first, in order to avoid the return of the difficult days that befell the Iraqis before.

  • ابوعلي

    2011-6-12

    The militias dream about controlling Iraq, just like the accursed Saddam, who formed the Al-Quds Army of seven million. Where are they now?

  • jafertayb

    2011-6-12

    Can we get to know each other seriously?

  • aljna

    2011-6-12

    We ask God to take revenge upon them. Amen.

  • ضياء علي

    2011-6-12

    The parade which was held by the militia called the Mahdi Army in daylight is simply a provocation to all Iraqis and to the government. I want to ask this militia about its position in the country to allow it to perform such a parade in front of the Iraqis and the whole world. We want to know who authorized the performance of this parade. Everyone is aware of the criminality of the Mahdi Army militia and what it carried out in terms of terrorist acts. I think that this act by the Mahdi Army is aimed at challenging the state, law, order and even the Iraqi people, because everyone rejects this militia, which does not include anyone but gangs, bandits and the failed elements. We reject this parade, and this is the view of many Iraqis, including the politicians who said the right thing by refusing this parade. Iraq is passing through a difficult time because of the conditions that beset it as a result of terrorist attacks targeting Iraqis every day, claiming dozens of lives and wounding others. The situation can no longer bear more provocations and acts that would disturb the life of Iraqis, like the military parade held by the Mahdi Army. This militia, which has practiced a lot of sectarianism, intended to show its power to others, and this is a negative thing that cannot be accepted by Iraqis. The Iraqi people wish to restore security and stability, and this act by the Mahdi Army militia can aggravate the internal situation and make it more complex. We do not want to see this militia in Iraq again, because this worries us, as it can inflame the situation, especially as the militia of the Mahdi Army has caused the suffering of many Iraqis with its acts of sectarianism and hatred, which it implanted in the hearts of Iraqis. We condemn this parade, because power in Iraq is the power of the state, and these militias have no place there.

  • خالد

    2011-6-12

    Dear brother Abu Israa, your brilliant comment has dazzled me. You try to say today that if Muqtada Al-Sadr had been a good man, Saddam would have killed him, and the fact that he is still living means that he is evil. Wonderful, this is a very smart logical analysis. In other words, you believe that Saddam killed all the good men and that all those who were not killed, because God wanted this for them, are bad. So, why you are still living? I think you are a trivial and evil man. Astonishing!!!

  • ابو عزالدين الموصلي

    2011-6-12

    Indeed, we Iraqis are the people of disagreement and hypocrisy, as stated by Abu Al-Hasan, who supplicated against it when we promised to provide him with countless soldiers and then betrayed him. So, we do not want the parade of Muqtada al-Sadr, which is a thorn in the eyes of the occupation, because we love humiliation and reject the resistance. I think a word is enough for the wise man.

  • ابو حيدر

    2011-6-12

    The Mahdi Army, which has no relationship with al-Mahdi, comprises the scum of society such as thieves, killers, and ignorant people. This parade is just a show and they are cowards. Do you remember how they acted like rats during the campaign that targeted them?

  • محمد العقابي

    2011-6-12

    I am an Iraqi citizen and I reject such activities that worsen the instability in Iraq. This is the time for all good Iraqis to be united and to cooperate in building the society, rather than being tools for weakening it. The so-called Mahdi Army militia, which has no relationship with Imam Al-Mahdi, has no faith which would entitle it to this name. I also call on my believing brothers not to call this militia the Mahdi Army.

  • احمد جابر العاملي

    2011-6-11

    Iraq has suffered terribly from the militias, which are unfortunately gangs specialized in organized crime and robbery. The militias include the scum of society and the mentally, ethically, and humanly backward people who exploit the weakness of the state and its security agencies at the time. They have created havoc in Iraq and killed many innocent Iraqis under the cover of religion, while religion has no relationship with them, because they are criminals and they only care about looting and murder. The state has to stand firmly against those people and arrest them, to be put on trial as soon as possible.

  • احمد المحمود

    2011-6-11

    Unfortunately, no one wants to look with both eyes, because of this shameful shattering of loyalty, as if Iraq were a thousand Iraqs. Each group speaks on its own, while Iraq is wounded by the spears of its people because of the spears of the occupation. The election was a reflection of this farce that has several manifestations in Iraq, where there are dozens of religious, tribal, and sectarian leaderships, in addition to a miserable government that does not know its rights or duties. The members of this government are mainly interested in how to remain in power and make profits under fake excuses, like achieving the interests, and they let Iraq and people go to hell.

  • حيدر

    2011-6-11

    The Mahdi Army is an honorable army and it works in the service of the oppressed people.

  • محمدطه

    2011-6-11

    I swear no honorable Iraqi can accept this farce. Did the Iraqis forget the crimes that were committed by the Mahdi Army against the Iraqis? I swear they are worse than the Americans.

  • عدي الطائي

    2011-6-11

    I am proud to be among the followers of this honorable political line, which does not accept the presence of the occupation. Were it not for this honorable stance, you would have never been able to raise your heads. Unfortunately, you say that we are Shi'ah and followers of the Ahl al-Bayt, while you are followers of the dollar and the Black House.

  • المعاهد

    2011-6-11

    I would like all members to give their opinions without any malice or hatred. Think carefully and be deliberate before making judgments. After that, you can express your opinions clearly, because you will be judged for what you say in front of God, who sees and hears you all the time. Peace be upon you….

  • بديع حمدي

    2011-6-11

    May God’s curse be upon the groups of the terrorist Al-Qaeda organization and the damned militias of the Mahdi Army. May God disgrace them, break their strength and foil their schemes. The suffering that the Iraqis have been through is unforgettable, because of the savage nature of what they have been through and because of the pain, suffering, savagery and cruelty they have witnessed, which go against humanity. The acts committed by the groups of the Al-Qaeda organization and those committed by the groups and militias of the Mahdi Army are about the same thing, and they have the same terrible, cowardly, criminal ideas. The only difference is the names. They have divided the people of Iraq by getting them to fight each other in order to create strife and sectarianism among the Iraqi people, while accusing the genuine people of the country of being the ones who commit these cowardly acts. However, the truth is that the factions and gangs that have been politicized and directed to commit these sabotage operations that aim at creating strife and ruining Iraq and Iraqis are there to continue the chaos on the land of Iraq, so that bigger gangs can work on looting the resources of Iraq with the utmost comfort, without any obstacles or opposition from anyone. Meanwhile, the people of Iraq become the victims of the massacres that happen and of the shedding of the pure and innocent blood. God damn all those who want to harm Iraq.

  • أبو الحسن

    2011-6-11

    The beautiful and funny thing is that the people have not been satisfied with the hunger, simply because they do not want to work. However, the supporters of this current can be satisfied with one call. The ridiculous thing is that I have seen them several times attacking the policemen or citizens and forcing them to waive his right to arrest the offender. Is it acceptable for anyone to violate the honor of the others including women, and then his commander comes to say that this person is a supporter of the Mahdi Army and: “If you do not leave him, I will destroy everything.” Those criminals do not even respond to the entreaties of the women whom they attack. There were few examples, because their sorrowful crimes are numerous. They also threaten the people that they will return to take vengeance. It is appalling to hear that this is happening to the people of jihad. May God disgrace the mean people. We have to choose either the occupation or the militias. We all know this, and not all people are so stupid and naive.

  • تانعيمي ابن ديالى

    2011-6-11

    I threaten the infidel army that they will not be able to restore their power. You are infidels and you should go and ask about your real fathers before organizing this unsuccessful parade.

  • عمار لطيف

    2011-6-11

    The parade was civilized in every possible way. It posed no challenge to any party, knowing that I am not one of them, but I went just out of curiosity.

  • ابن النجف

    2011-6-11

    The Sadrist movement and the other currents should know that they do not represent the Shia, but they represent only themselves. Those who represent the Shia are the political parties that won in the elections, as they work to strengthen the unity of Iraq and build the country, rather than demolishing it.

  • ابو احمد المياحي

    2011-6-11

    We ask God to provide the Mahdi Army with support over the Baathist killers.

  • صلاح الدين الوندي

    2011-6-11

    I seek refuge with God from the devil, in the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. God the Almighty said: “Because of their sins they were drowned, then made to enter a Fire.” -Quran 71:25 O people and Jinn! O Ayatollahs! The whole universe, including Man and Jinn, is full of the signs of the greatness of God. Hence, I humbly prostrate myself in front of my Lord, Who has no father or mother, as He is the Great and All-knowing Creator. I seek refuge with God from the devil, in the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. God the Almighty said: “Nay, but that which they have earned is rust upon their hearts.” -Quran 83:14 God has said the truth. Indeed, as mentioned by the Hadith, the Holy Quran and al-Lawh al-Mahfuz, the main problem is in the rust upon the hearts that cannot be removed except by God and the good deeds that please God only, irrespective of anyone else except the infallible Imams exclusively, because the rest of the Ayatollahs are no more than attempts to reach the perfect and infallible role models. Do Ayatollahs think in this way? They said that this would happen at the right time, but this cannot be accepted from people who cannot understand Arabic without translating it into the Persian, Kurdish or American language. God is our guide and He is predominant over all people, whether believers or infidels. Peace be upon you….

  • كردستانية

    2011-6-11

    This ignorant and backward man does not even know how to speak. He has formed an army, and it is natural that his army would be unsuccessful.

  • سيد علي النجفي

    2011-6-10

    I wish that Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr, may God bless him, would consider these following facts carefully, especially given that his father was a blessed man. Most of the members of the Sadrist movement are thieves and killers, and you have to disown them and their acts and proclaim that they are the enemies of Islam, for whose sake the two martyrs of Al Sadr have sacrificed their souls. Peace be upon you….

  • GOOL SHARL

    2011-6-10

    I feel sorry for you, because life ends and there will be a Judgment Day. You are extremely backward, because you are still controlled by the spiteful Iran in return for money.

  • نصير

    2011-6-10

    I do not like them.

  • وجدي سليم

    2011-6-10

    It is supposed to try to calm down the situation and circumstances in Iraq, rather than showing its power and holding parades at a time when Iraq and Iraqis are breathing a sigh of relief. It is a time of reconstructing and building what was destroyed by saboteurs and militias, because Iraq is tired of parades, murder, massacres, vandalism and harming the people. It is a time of building and construction, and not a time of the return of the armies, militias, sectarianism, infighting, factionalism and other things which are very trivial. Iraq is witnessing a new period and the people of Iraq have suffered greatly as a result of what happened, and they were subjected to fatigue, sadness, pain, fear, anxiety, intimidation, homelessness and displacement. What does the Mahdi Army want from such a parade? And what is the intention behind this act? Is this a good thing that contributes to the reconstruction of Iraq? Or is it a shameful act that contributes to shedding more blood? What are the people victimized in the treacherous and the cowardly terrorist operations guilty of, and what do they want to accomplish? What is their objective in all this pain? Are they not satisfied with what has happened? Are they not satisfied with the blood that was shed on the land of Iraq? Is there an end to the pain, or do they want complete destruction and sabotage in order to bring back what was happening in the past years in terms of slaughter, killing, bombings, kidnappings, assassination and torture? The target this time is certainly the Iraqi people, without discrimination. They should stop the suffering. It would be better for those who held this parade to contribute to building the country, since there is no benefit from the war and killings. We wonder if it is a new Iranian instruction or if it is a trick set to destabilize the situation in Iraq and spread sabotage, terror and fear and the imposition of control and evil domination. Those who held the parade, the militia called the Mahdi Army, have to bear in mind what will happen as a result and who will benefit from making the people of Iraq fight one another.

  • وطني مستقل

    2011-6-10

    In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. Peace be upon you…. The most important thing is to take the dear Iraq to freedom and democracy that will allow us to practice democracy in according to your own vision that suits our country. We want to build our country so it can keep up with all the neighboring countries. We also want our country to enjoy the kind of democracy that is practiced in Europe. We thank God for the freedom of the people and we want them to express their opinions, whatever they may be. I would like to ask all people to do their best in order to build and develop our country sincerely. If you do so, you will be rewarded twice if you succeed and once if you fail.

  • الكربلائي

    2011-6-10

    In truth, the people who suffered terribly at the hands of the militias, especially the Mahdi Army, were the people of Karbala. Unfortunately, this militia is named after Imam al-Mahdi, but this is a corrupt and criminal army.

  • احمد الأسدي

    2011-6-10

    This parade is for the benefit of the Iraqi people, and there is no one but Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr who can stand with the people against the occupation. I swear if Sayyid asked us to sacrifice our souls, we would do this without worrying. We all support Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr and whoever disobeys his orders must be a supporter of the occupation. We must join our hands with Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr. Long live Iraq. Thank you.

  • قيس الحيدري

    2011-6-10

    The state senior officials are terrorists because they have the latest cars and the most beautiful women, and they know nothing about the problem of electricity. As for the Iraqi people, it is the last thing that may concern them. I honestly envy the doves on the power poles in the breeding season, as they need no rented apartment or the like. In short, the conditions of animals are better than the conditions of the Iraqi citizen. Sayyid the leader Muqtada al-Sadr is the first one to think about the people. He is an ideological man and he is the best one to rule Iraq.

  • عجيب امور غريب قضيه

    2011-6-10

    In fact, the Mahdi Army was the symbol of criminality and it was the other face of al-Qaeda, which is mainly interested in killing the innocents of both parties. The Mahdi Army and al-Qaeda are like feces and urine. If the militias return, then I advise the Iraqis to emigrate and leave the country to its dark fate.

  • بسبس

    2011-6-10

    This is a call to all Iraqis. The unity of Iraq is the one thing that guarantees the life of our homeland and people without disruption in order to build the homeland and allow its children to make progress and keep up with their counterparts worldwide. Hence, the militias and sectarian feuds that you all defend do nothing but destroy the unity of the Iraqis and strengthen the militias and those who act under the cover of religion in such a way that has made some Iraqis hate the religion itself. This problem is on both sides; I mean the Sunnis and the Shia. This result is natural, because this deviant methodology contradicts the methodology of the Prophet, peace be upon him and his household, who invited people to love each other and to be tolerant, even toward the Jews, and forgiving, even if they can punish them. The best of all people are those who benefit others. With regard to those who weep, I want them to realize that the militias and al-Qaeda are two faces of the same coin. We ask God to guide us to do the good and build our country in order for it to be advanced. We have to teach our children how to protect Iraq, which is the home of civilizations and prophets. Best regards. Your brother.

  • ابو محمد

    2011-6-10

    There is no power except with God the Almighty.

  • hasan ali

    2011-6-9

    Honestly, we do not want the return of the ignorant people to the streets to rule the intellectuals. The ongoing bloodshed in Iraq must stop and we will not allow them to climb over our shoulders. Were they not satisfied with the thousands of martyrs whom they killed? Oh my God! I wish that Iraq could get rid of these ignorant people, the thieves and the terrorists.

  • ابو مصطفى

    2011-6-9

    Dear brothers, we have to think and speak as Iraqis in the first place, because such wrangles only serve the enemies of Iraq. Let us be wise in our comments and not allow the enemies to laugh at our misfortunes when they read such comments. Please, listen to me; may God keep you safe.

  • dewan

    2011-6-9

    As for you who attack the army of al-Mahdi, may God make him emerge soon; I want you to remember that, were it not for presence of the Mahdi Army, your honor and honor of your women would have been sold to the takfiri organization of al-Qaeda. However, you do not have any honor and you want the occupation to remain in Iraq, because you have no supporter other than the occupation. You have no zeal or honor and you are accursed, like your parents.

  • ابراهيم

    2011-6-9

    Excellent…

  • مويد نصير

    2011-6-9

    The Mahdi Army’s members have tried to challenge the Iraqi government and the people through this parade. The government should have prevented these militias from holding this parade seeing that they have claimed the lives of many innocent Iraqis. Besides, they have tried to sow sectarianism and displace many families. It is important to prevent them from carrying out such parades, especially with the approval of politicians which is actually due to their fear of certain things. The Mahdi Army has forgotten its crimes and the false statements that were announced by the leader of these armed militias. In fact, they have pretended that they work to serve the country’s interest and to organize life. However, these are all false statements, because their crimes and assassinations cannot be forgotten, especially when the Mahdi Army has dominated many regions in Baghdad and in the rest of the provinces.

  • علي الزيداوي

    2011-6-9

    I have read most of the comments, and the majority of them rejects the idea of the return of the Mahdi Army militia. This is normal because Iraq is not only for Shia, but it includes many sects and ethnicities, and the Sadrists are a small fraction of the Iraqi people. However, let us analyze the reality of the Mahdi Army. Dear brothers, this militia emerged as a result of mistakes made by Bremer and his advisers, as well as the traitors and the hypocrites, in addition to the greedy politicians. All these mistakes can be listed under the ongoing conflict in Iraq. I mean that those who found that Muqtada and his followers were impeding the achievement of their goals committed the mistake of dragging Muqtada Al-Sadr to the armed clash. Hence, it is natural for the Sadrists to take the initiative and announce the formation of their militia with an ideological cover in order to defend themselves. The emergence of the Mahdi Army has gone through many stages, and each one of them had its characteristics. There are logical and illogical reasons. As of the logical reasons, they include self-defense in the face of its rivals, who were initially the Americans and then the authoritarian parties. In addition, it handled and deterred the creeping blind terrorism that affected most of Iraq at that time, and no one denies the great role of the Mahdi Army in deterring terrorism and preventing it from controlling many areas of Iraq, outstripping the U.S. and Iraqi armies. As for the illogical reasons, they include pushing the Mahdi Army into sectarian strife as well as political conflict. With regard to the recent parade and the subsequent reactions, most of the reactions are correct, because the Sadrist movement has adopted the political resistance, which is what Iraq needs in order to achieve political reform, to fight the financial and administrative corruption, and to evaluate and correct the performance of the security agencies. I am sure that the phases of the emergence of the Mahdi Army and the necessity of the clash are now over and outdated. Actually, there is no need for any escalation today, because the escalation is not realistic, and the slogans of resistance against the occupier are no longer realistic, given the current agreements and alliances. The future of the peoples today can be built only through cooperation with friends and friendly countries, and the slogan of expulsion of the occupiers satisfies only some interests of regional states. We should consider our stances according to our interests, as is the case with the other countries in the world. Therefore, it is necessary for the speeches directed to the Sadrist Movement to be more realistic.

  • علي المتواضع

    2011-6-9

    First, your report is not objective, and it tackled the topic from only one perspective; in addition, it contains many mistakes. All people saw the parade and how huge it was, and how all classes of Iraqi society participated in it. As for the brother who claims that there are no operations of the Mahdi Army against the occupation, I do not know whether he is trying to deceive himself, or the people. All people, whether enemies or friends, have praised the heroic acts of the members of the Mahdi Army against the occupation. I ask God to bless all those who participated in this parade, as you have honored us and proved to the whole world that our people are resistant and cannot be humiliated.

  • محمد السعدي

    2011-6-9

    The interference of foreign parties is responsible for shaking the security situation in Iraq, with the help of some parties that do not support the political process in Iraq and oppose the Mahdi Army, which has played a significant role in the security situation. This is what all the political powers agreed upon when the Iraqi government was still at the beginning of its procession forward. However, I am against the interference of the unconcerned parties in the process of defending Iraq today. That is because the situation is different and Iraq has become a sovereign state.

  • محمد الخفاجى

    2011-6-9

    Do you mean that all the construction projects were paralyzed on that day because of the parade? We have been waiting for nine years but we have not seen any construction. So they are trying to blame the nine years on this one day! This is exaggeration and a desperate way to attack this parade. In was on a Thursday, and it is known that most employees take this day as a vacation. You also claimed that the parade was popularly boycotted, but this is not true, because the popular participation was exceptional, but those who did not see the parade have no idea about what happened. As for the political participation, I am Kurdish and I participated. It seems that the Kurds and al-Nujaifi, as well as the State of Law and the Kurds, are speaking about the Kuwaiti violations. When Iran built a port that negatively affects Iraq, you attacked it, while this did not happen with Kuwait. You always attack others on sectarian bases.

  • الكابتن

    2011-6-9

    Peace be upon you…. Dear brothers, organizing a parade or a procession is a constitutional right, and the government approved everything. In addition, this political bloc has the right to speak up and declare its stances clearly and bravely. Any criticism must be addressed to those who say something that they do not do. Please, do not criticize on sectarian bases. This is a national political movement, as proved by the fact that they have raised the flag of Iraq, not the banners of the movement or the party.

  • عراقي طاكة روحة

    2011-6-9

    Honestly, we, the Iraqis, deserve this. That is because we have excelled in nothing but insults and hypocrisy, as clearly proved by the comments on this article. You are worthless.

  • مصطفى الخفاجي

    2011-6-9

    There is no difference, whether he was using a phrase or even lying, because the people have been captivated. There is no power except with God the Almighty. We seek God’s help against the oppressors, who tell nothing but pure lies to get benefits and to steal the money of the poor Iraqi citizens. We do not have the most basic human needs, like electricity, water, infrastructure, sewers, etc. We are fed up with the lying and neglect.

  • العراقي

    2011-6-9

    I support Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Mahdi Army, despite the fact that I am a Sunni from Mosul.

  • سمسم

    2011-6-8

    If there had been true justice, all the militias should have been brought to court for all the crimes of murder, starting with Abd al-Majid Al-Khu’i and all the other crimes of murder and displacement that were committed by the Persian militias that have sold their arms to the government and killed the people. I ask for God's help againstt them.

  • علي المحمداوي

    2011-6-8

    Dear brothers, if the state is unable to provide security and the simplest services to the Iraqi people, then why did we form this state and trouble ourselves? You can deliver the state to the Mahdi Army and its leader to be led by this trivial man. Please, those who do not understand politics should stay away. Thank you. Ali Al-Mihammadawi

  • رائد الواسطي

    2011-6-8

    Peace be upon you…. We want a strong government, not a military parade or anything else. The role of the militias has ended, and we are all equal brothers.

  • هارون

    2011-6-8

    The Mahdi Army is a militia that was formed by Shiite forces in Iraq. In fact, it is composed of members who were trained in Iran, and other untrained or organized ones. They are criminals who were released from prisons after carrying out major crimes against the innocent. Indeed, they have carried out inhuman practices by opting for murder, looting money and sectarianism. In addition to that, there is another organization that consists of pragmatic people who are joined together because of their belonging and loyalty to the Shiite community. This army was formed in order to achieve certain political interests, including taking over power in Iraq and taking control there through the armed forces. Yet, since many followers of this criminal organization have carried out criminal acts, namely mass murders, kidnappings or the so-called Death Groups against Sunnis and whoever disagrees with their ideology, the Arab government, together with the Multi-National Forces in Iraq, has tracked and hunted down the members of this organization and caught them red-handed in their filthy crimes which they have committed against humanity, and put them in prisons. However, some of these criminals have escaped to Iran, given that it is a secure outlet for them. Nowadays, the Iraqi government has shown great neglect in dealing with these militias. In fact, they have released their criminal leadership in return for well-known political deals. Besides, they have allowed the Mahdi Army to hold an armed parade in the Iraqi capital. Consequently, this has fanned the feelings of many sons of Iraq, particularly those who have been affected by these criminal militias. This has brought the tragedies of the Iraqis in the years of 2006 and 2007 back to their minds. During these years, this damned Army murdered and violated honor, looted money and spread fear and horror among the citizens. In this respect, such behavior does not fit the teachings of the Iraqi constitution, since the Army must be under the command of the nation only. It is illegal to arm militias in the country and allow them to do whatever they like in the country, without any deterrent or someone to hold them accountable.

  • ابو اسراء

    2011-6-8

    I am Shiite and I disassociate myself from this army, because the majority of its members are highwaymen, thieves and killers. If Muqtada Al-Sadr had shown promise, Saddam would have slaughtered him along with his family. However, he saved him for such a day. There is no power except with God the Almighty.

  • مواطن عراقي

    2011-6-8

    We do not want militias to rule us. We only want the forces of the elected government, which is required to do this and to activate the constitution and the law that bans the formation of any militias outside the official security forces. All parties must understand this fact. We want an independent state that is ruled by the law only, and that is free from the militias that are sponsored by the neighboring countries.

  • youjal

    2011-6-8

    evry one talked on the parade of al mahdy army or al tayar al sadry most be examine himself he will found he is coward and droopy to his country

  • أسعد

    2011-6-8

    Peace be upon you…. In fact, I am astonished to hear such comments that do not befit any honorable Iraqi. Unfortunately, some people support the stay of the occupation! Is this acceptable for us in Islam? I have a wish: dear brothers, if you cannot benefit others, do not be harmful, and leave the fighting to the mujahidin.

  • shaker

    2011-6-8

    This is a very difficult and sensitive issue at the current time. I have this question for the Iraqis: is there any one of you who did not suffer at the hands of the militias and the hateful sectarianism? This scenario will never happen again, because the Iraqis have chosen their future and they know their enemy. Thanks to you, brothers.

  • يوسف زنكنه

    2011-6-8

    Everyone has the right to express his opinion, but I want ask you a question: is this parade suitable under the current circumstances? I mean that they would accuse us of being responsible for all the mischief in Iraq. We are divided, when in fact we need to be united and keep away from these practices that would destroy our own country, which is already suffering. Anyway, our real enemies are in front of our eyes, but we refuse to see them.

  • رسول الخزعلي

    2011-6-8

    Our politicians never speak about the interests of the country, except on the day when Muqtada al-Sadr organizes an activity. When this happens, they advise Iraqis to give precedence to the interests of the country. However, they have been fighting each other over positions, irrespective of the interests of the country. With all due respect to the brothers who commented against the parade, I would like to ask them why they did not protect us during the campaigns of displacement. Our politicians need to see strong stances in order to work, and whoever does not notice that should check to see whether he is blind or not. We have many illusory ministries, and they all spend the money of the people uselessly.

  • حيدر الساعدي

    2011-6-7

    I do not see gloomy faces, but spiteful and hateful ones that hate the religion. You assume that the government performs its duties perfectly, but let me ask you where the government works are. What would be the devastating influence of a one-day delay in the process of the construction of Iraq? Did the parade delay the infrastructure works? Every Tom, Dick, and Harry comments, while they know nothing. I swear I am not a member of the Sadri Movement or the Mahdi Army, but I see the truth in their faces, and their parade is a message to the disloyal government that the Iraqi people have heroes. We ask God to bless them and protect their leader, the living martyr, the Mahdi Army. Best regards to you who are redolent with the perfume of orchids. Haidar al-Sa‘idi.

  • علي الجبوري

    2011-6-7

    We will stay in power despite the Wahhabis, and you will be crushed someday with your short garments. The Saudis are infidels.

  • محمد العراقى

    2011-6-7

    This is the army of thieves, not the army of liberation. You are barbarians!

  • العراقي

    2011-6-7

    I believe that we should not say that we have a government, because our government is completely loyal to the criminal Persians. I am sure that if Sayyid al-Sadr had known that his son Muqtada would do this to Iraq, he would have killed him. What was he doing in Iran over the last period? I have the answer; the Iranians were teaching him how to control the ignorant people who have weak minds. Wake up, Iraqis, because we have become the laughingstock of the whole world. I swear this is shameful, because we now long for the old days.

  • ام مصطفى

    2011-6-7

    I swear this army was formed 100% for sectarian purposes. I want to advise brother Ali al-Khafaji, who said that he is proud to be Shiite. I think he should have said that he is proud to be a Muslim, rather than making this discrimination. You can see that we have thousands and even millions who think in this way. Thanks to the army of treachery, not the Mahdi Army, because al-Mahdi has nothing to do with them. This militia is illegal.

  • يوسف المسيحي

    2011-6-7

    Those are the true heroes of Iraq, despite the people who have weak and narrow-minded views. We are Iraqis and we love the household of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

  • عباس البغدادي.

    2011-6-7

    Honestly, the militia of the Mahdi Army was originally established in order to serve the people. However, it later became a harbor for killers and highwaymen. In addition, some of the gangs that were trained in Iran, which is their motherland, dissented superficially in order to kill without the Mahdi Army being blamed. However, those killers are spared by members of the government, and they include representative of the Sadri Movement in the parliament. The best evidence of what I am saying is Al-Taji Prison, whose prisoners enjoy better services and rights than the ordinary people outside the prison. For example, the prisoners have their private cars and they can take disciplinary measures against the employees, or even transfer them. May God witness to what I am saying.

  • باسم عريبي

    2011-6-7

    Peace be upon you…. This day is a victory for all honorable Iraqis, who are mainly interested in the departure of the Americans from our precious land, so that the banners that carry the slogan of “God is the Greatest” would always remain lofty and raised by the Iraqis. Those who claim that this parade is illegal are wrong, because the Mahdi Army represents all components of the Iraqi society. From one victory to another, God willing.

  • عمار باسم حسين عباس الخزرجي

    2011-6-7

    O God! Send peace and blessings upon the Prophet, peace be upon him, his household and family. O God! Curse his enemies. I love you very much. Thanks.

  • ام احمد

    2011-6-7

    We wish that the Mahdi Army and the Islamic Army, as well as the rest of the armed groups, would fight the occupation rather than killing the innocent youth. The occupation will never stay for a single hour in Iraq, but we ask for God's help against them.

  • صادق

    2011-6-7

    Dear honorable Iraqi brothers, you can notice that the commenters who support the militia adopt a very hateful, sectarian approach, and we all know that sectarianism is responsible for the destruction of the country. Certainly, they benefit from this hateful sectarianism, which has destroyed the whole country. Otherwise, can anyone tell me who are the ones who benefit from this stance, which has paralyzed and destroyed the country, after being looted at the hands of the members of the Mahdi Army, which is sponsored by and loyal to Iran?

  • يحيى محمد

    2011-6-7

    I am a member of the Sadri Movement from Baghdad.

  • فرهاد الشواني

    2011-6-7

    I call on all Iraqis to stop the war and hypocrisy. I would think you should be tired of wars and murder. The true Iraqi is the one who builds his wounded country instead of causing chaos.

  • ثائر الاميري

    2011-6-7

    Honestly, I do not like the militias and I believe that the Mahdi Army in Iraq is a source of pride for all the zealous Iraqis, because they have confronted terrorism and the Gulf States. I ask God to keep them safe.

  • حسين الحلي

    2011-6-6

    I wish that Muqtada Al-Sadr would return for only a week.

  • المنتقمة لجيش المهدي

    2011-6-6

    Dear brothers, wake up; those people would never defend you.

  • قحطان

    2011-6-6

    Peace be upon you…. The Mahdi Army has a long history of bloodshed, sabotage and murder. It has no culture other than barbarism and causing disorder. This brutality did not even exclude the Shia themselves. Their excuse is that they terrify the Americans, but this is absurd. When the Mahdi Army was at the peak of its power, the Americans did not fear it, because they know very well that it only targets the Sunnis, but behind the scenes, their stances are very different. For example, they welcomed the occupation troops on the air with a warm welcome and applause in the air. Thank you.

  • المنتقمة لجيش المهدي

    2011-6-6

    I swear those who abuse Sayyid Sadr will be forsaken by God. The Mahdi Army is a crown over the heads of all those who criticize it. You are afraid of the Mahdi Army, because you want to commit unsuitable acts, but the Mahdi Army prevents you.

  • ahmed

    2011-6-6

    Heheh. We ask God to provide us with help and victory over the hypocrites. Long live the army of the heroes.

  • ميمو العراقي

    2011-6-6

    Every action must have a reaction, and I believe that the commander of the US forces must crush this notorious militia.

  • عبد الحسين

    2011-6-6

    As an Iraqi citizen, I reject this parade, which is evidence of backwardness and racism. It is unacceptable in a country like Iraq today, because this is a constitutional, democratic country and those backward people cannot frighten us, because they represent a minority of criminals and killers. I want to ask a question: if we were to choose either the occupation or the Mahdi Army, who is the party that we will choose? Simply, the answer is that the occupation is better than this militia, because we can talk with them. On the other hand, we cannot negotiate with this militia, because they only understand the language of arms, murder and plunder. In my opinion, the government has to stand in their faces and we have to place them in the official institutions, hoping that this would treat their inferiority complex.

  • علاء محمد

    2011-6-6

    On behalf of all the residents of Anbar, I am stating that we support the political process in Iraq as long as it aims at achieving the interests of the Iraqi citizen. We join our brothers in Baghdad and the governorates of Iraq in their rejection of sectarianism and the return of the militias. Let us join hands to prevent anyone from carrying weapons in his hands.

  • عباس البصري

    2011-6-6

    All the militias are lying, because they just seek to assume power, and whoever disagrees with this opinion should prove otherwise.

  • ابو زهراء الصدري

    2011-6-6

    Peace be upon you…. Dear brothers, constructive criticism has to be free of abuses against the others. Hence, I consider the administration of the website religiously and legally responsible for any published abuses. The honest journalist has to be objective, clear and truthful in reporting any news to the people. However, I am sorry to say that we discovered that this is not the truth. Your news reports are fake. That is because when we interview Mr. Shahbandar to get his opinion regarding the Sadri movement, his words are full of hatred for this great legacy, which opposes his American masters who occupy Iraq. Likewise, the statements of Mrs. Alyah Nasif are full of overwhelming sectarianism and partisan opportunism. Hence, in the situations during which she needs the Sadri Movement, she speaks about the oppression against them, its achievements and its great popularity. On the other hand, we hear totally different statements if there are no such interests. When we come to Mr. Muhammad Al-Kurdi, I want to ask him whether he accepts any objections to the parades of the Peshmerga or Asayish militias. This comment is addressed specifically to those who follow others blindly, while they know nothing about the religion as described by Imaam Al-Hussein. Indeed, this is their perfect description.

  • نشوان

    2011-6-6

    No party or group in Iraq can act as if it is above the law. The militia of the al-Mahdi Army has no right to determine the fate of millions of Iraqis. This dilemma cannot be solved through demonstrations or processions. Thank you very much.

  • سعيد ابن الثورة

    2011-6-6

    I swear those people are thieves, killers, and worshipers of the devil. They wish that the occupation would leave in order to control the Iraqi street in general; that is because they are treacherous and filthy [offensive]. We were closer than brothers, but they betrayed us for no reason except that we are Sunnis. God may give respite, but he never forgets. Those thieves will regret what they did on the Day of Judgment, when they stand before God the Exalted. As for the government, it is made up of the fellow merchants of Al-Atik who have been transformed into leaders. That is why the country was destroyed. May God disgrace them.

  • هيثم

    2011-6-6

    Dear brothers, right now, the al-Mahdi Army is not the main problem that faces the government and cripples the reconstruction process. It is rather the corruption of the government that is the cause of the lack of progress in this country.

  • وسام رسول

    2011-6-6

    The parade is a good act that aims at achieving evil results. This parade sends a message to all parties that the militias are still here and that they are strong which means the occupation forces must stay. In addition, this provides justification to Al-Qaeda to intensify its attacks to confirm this issue, which is the deterioration of the security situation and the inability of the government and the army to achieve security, which in the end means that the Americans would stay. This reminds us of when the occupation forces decided to eliminate the Mahdi Army; Al-Qaeda intensified its attacks on the American forces to alleviate the pressure on the al-Mahdi Army. This proves that both the al-Mahdi Army and Al-Qaeda are two sides of one coin and that the source of their financing in the same, and I think you know the rest.

  • رائد

    2011-6-6

    God knows best.

  • حيدر

    2011-6-6

    Do you know that the majority of the individuals of the al-Mahdi Army are former prisoners in Abu Ghraib? In other words, they are thieves, killers, and drug dealers who took the al-Mahdi Army as a cover for their illegal activities. As for their insistence on the departure of the occupation, they do so in order to loot the country and the Iraqi people as they wish, just like Al-Maliki and his supporters. Muqtada Al-Sadr wants to share the main portion with Al-Maliki. They used to accuse Saddam of having bank accounts abroad. However, until today, no official came out to tell us whether these funds have been restored or not. I ask the mentally-backward Muqtada Al-Sadr, where is the truth?

  • علي البابلي

    2011-6-6

    Dear brothers, the al-Mahdi Army is the army of the truth and sacrifice, as well as resistance against the American occupation and against any Iraqi person whose hands are stained with the blood of the honorable Iraqis. You will see the reality of the al-Mahdi Army in the coming days, and I assure you that victory will come at the hands of the heroic leader Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr. We ask God to help him. The oppressors will certainly face a dark end. God will support the believers and curse the oppressors who wronged the household of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and the offspring of the Umayyad caliphate. May God bless the leader of the time; may God make him emerge soon.

  • fli

    2011-6-6

    We ask God to support you in order for you to tell the truth.

  • ابو فاطمة

    2011-6-5

    I address all Iraqis and tell them that this podium is a forum for the exchange of opinions and advice, and it is a free arena where you and the others can speak and express their opinions freely. This is one of the most important traits of the human civilization, despite the difference in opinion, because this should never affect the mutual respect. This is what we need today urgently, not the vituperation and media misguidance of the senior officials who oppose the departure of the occupation. Generally, this demonstration was totally peaceful in shape and content, and it called for the withdrawal of the occupation forces. Of course, this is an honorable patriotic demand that no one should ever disagree over. In addition, all components of the Iraqi society participated in this peaceful demonstration, which is the simplest form of expressing our opinion.

  • ابو مؤمل

    2011-6-5

    These corrupt militias are mainly interested in looting, destruction, murder and sabotage. Their verbal attacks against the Americans are mere lies, and their parade came on orders of Iran in order to provide the USA with an excuse to stay in Iraq in order to secure itself. May God curse Iran and Al-Sistani, who received $200 million from Rumsfeld as a bribe to refrain from issuing a fatwa calling for jihad against the Americans. The behavior of this mad dog Al-Sistani is there, and you can be sure that he did not issue any fatwa calling for war against the occupation or promoting jihad.

  • ابو غزيز

    2011-6-5

    In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. God the Almighty said: “Then, as for the foam, it passeth away as scum upon the banks, while, as for that which is of use to mankind, it remaineth in the earth. Thus God coineth similitudes.” -Quran 13:17 God is always with us and He has saved us several times from such situations.

  • ابن ديالى

    2011-6-5

    Yes to the al-Mahdi army that wants to expel the occupation.

  • احمد البغدادي

    2011-6-5

    I do not think that the Mahdi Army is worse than Al-Jbouri, Allawi, Baghdadiyah or Sharqiyah. The demonstrators organize protests at Liberation Square in return for money paid by Allawi, who demands that they attack Al-Maliki, who is more honorable that they are...

  • مصطفى الكردي

    2011-6-5

    We ask God to destroy the Army of Al-Mahdi saboteurs, the Mahdi has nothing to do with you. Trust me; those who call themselves the Mahdi Army are a group of alcoholics, addicts and highwaymen, who have ignited unrest in Iraq. They are accursed, and I can expose their false claims and their hatred towards the Iraqis. They are agents of the Persians. Anyway, you may win in this world, but the hereafter will be ours. Al-Mahdi, about whom you claim that this army is under his command, will not benefit you.

  • علاوي البغدادي

    2011-6-5

    The so-called Mahdi Army has killed the Iraqis, and it has nothing to do with the resistance against the occupation. I have never heard or seen them blowing up a US tank or vehicle. I am a resident of Shu‘lah City, Al-Rahmaniyah District, and even the Shias in this area are plundered by members of the Mahdi Army, who kidnapped their children. We seek God’s help against those people.

  • احمد البغدادي

    2011-6-5

    If we suppose that we reject the militia of the Mahdi Army and attack it so viciously, then what about the brutality of Al-Jbouri and his group, as well as their hatred against humanity? What is the stance of the government regarding them? They kill people and slaughter innocents under the protection of some names in the government, such as Allawi and others. If they had been good, we would not have suffered all these disasters. They are responsible for all of this. It is not just about money, but it is about the way of thinking and methods. Wake up and help those who seek to achieve your interests, away from sectarianism, Baghdadiyah and Sharqiyah.

  • صابر نبات

    2011-6-5

    O people, I want to resign.

  • حيدر من النجف

    2011-6-5

    Peace be upon you. Dear brother, no one wants the occupation, but it is illogical to destroy our homeland in order to make the occupation leave. You want the occupation to leave so that this man who came from Iran with his students and political agendas can move in. They are conspiring and planning viciously. They start with a parade, then mobilization and then training. Iraq will not endure this show of power, because no party owns Iraq. Fear God and realize what you are saying. May God take revenge upon you. No to the militias.

  • رياض المعلم

    2011-6-5

    You have not seen the truth, because you consider this issue from one perspective. You need medical glasses, because the parade was organized by the Sadrist Movement, not the Mahdi Army. Hence, this number is less than the total number, because many of them are busy with the exams, in addition to many employees who could not participate. Furthermore, each participant has a family and this means that we have about 5,000,000, i.e. more than the Baathists. You are spiteful.

  • علي صباح

    2011-6-5

    This parade proves the strong Iranian influence in Iraq, and the slogans of the departure of the occupation are only used as propaganda for the Mahdi Army, which claims that it is patriotic, while it is loyal to Iran.

  • علي وافتخر بأني (ش)

    2011-6-5

    After all, this is a peaceful parade with the consent of the government. For me, this is a normal parade. As for the commenters who oppose it, I think there is no need for abuses. As for those who speak rightly, we can accept their opinions, but we do want those who speak wrongly to stop. Let me tell you something: both of you are wrong and you must stop this insistence. Please write comments that are suitable for the Iraqis. Best regards. Your brother Ali Al-Khafagi.

  • ابن الشمال

    2011-6-5

    There must be only one army for the state, in which all the components of the Iraqi people participate. With regard to the Mahdi Army, it is the product of an exceptional state, which is confronting foreign armies that are against most of the Iraqi people, if not all of them, such as the takfiri army or the so-called non-Islamic state, which kills the innocents in mass murders. We do not support either of those two parties, but we have to admit that every action has a reaction and we have to be prepared and fully equipped.

  • جلال هاشم الحلفي

    2011-6-5

    Peace be upon you…. I want to reply to the comment made by Karim in which he claimed that the Sadrist movement does not represent anyone and that it has no political agenda, forgetting that it has 40 members in the parliament and 4 ministers in the government. What is wrong with people chanting slogans demanding the departure of the occupation peacefully and in a civil way? The movement had acquired an official permit to hold such peaceful, civil parade. May God bless the leader of mujahidin, Muqtada Al-Sadr. Peace be upon you….

  • [email protected]

    2011-6-5

    I swear the people of the Mahdi Army are heroes and I send greetings to the residents of Balad County. We support the heroic leader and Mujaahid, Muqtada Al-Sadr.

  • ابو مهدي

    2011-6-5

    Certainly, the parade was absolutely organized for political ends, because the Iraqi people have gotten tired of the political maneuvers, especially these days, when all parties express their opinions. I wish that this parade would be followed by programs to clean our beloved Baghdad. All parties must realize that Iraq will never go back. Indeed, the procession or the parade means that all parties have the right to do the same in their areas. In addition, the occupation forces and camps are known to all people, and I think that there is no need to paralyze life in our cities. We have to reconsider ourselves, because this would help us avoid many troubles. Thank you.

  • بغدادي وافتخر

    2011-6-4

    First, peace be upon you. Second, I would like to reply to brother Mustafa, who said that the demonstrations are natural; indeed, you are right, but they must not be armed. All Iraqis know the truth about the Mahdi Army or the Mahdawi people or whatever their name is. Originally, the Mahdi Army and Al-Qaeda were two sides of the same coin, because neither of them want stability. I have a perplexing question, and I wish that someone would provide me with an honest answer to it. If the Americans had not entered Iraq, would it have been possible for you to topple Saddam? He accepted money in exchange for the blood of his father. You must speak reasonably. The Mahdi Army brought some Iranian guns and bombs while Al-Qaeda is sponsored by the Saudis. However, they try to defeat the Americans. Wake up! They have toppled Saddam, and Muqtada Al-Sadr would not be difficult for them! Be reasonable, please.

  • عراقي

    2011-6-4

    Thanks to the great Mujaahid and defeater of the Grendizer Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr as he reminded us of the parades of the deceased inspired leader Saddam. Go forward… Go forward… Down with the opponents.

  • بغدادي وافتخر

    2011-6-4

    First, peace be upon you…. Second, I wish to respond to brother Mustafa, who said that the demonstrations are natural; indeed, you are right, but they must not be accompanied by carrying weapons. All Iraqis know the truth about the Mahdi Army, the Mahdawi people or whatever they prefer to be called. Originally, the Mahdi Army and Al-Qaeda were two faces of the same coin, because neither of them wants stability. I have a perplexing question, and I wish that someone would provide me with an answer to it. If the Americans had not entered Iraq, would it have been possible for you to topple Saddam? The first one accepted compensation in return for the blood of his father. You must speak reasonably. The Mahdi Army brought some Iranian guns and bombs while Al-Qaeda is sponsored by the Saudis. However, they try to defeat the Americans. Wake up! They have toppled Saddam and Muqtada Al-Sadr would not be difficult for them! Be reasonable, please.

  • عماد العتبي

    2011-6-4

    You are like the other mass media, because you support the oppressors.

  • امير الطائي الشيعي ونص

    2011-6-4

    Despite the Sunnis, the al-Mahdi Army will remain to frighten you, because you are not even worth the shoes of Muqtada Al-Sadr.

  • محسن شريف محسن

    2011-6-4

    The Mahdi Army means terrorism incarnate, and the Iraqi people in all of their sects and religions absolutely reject the Mahdi Army.

  • منير منور

    2011-6-4

    I confirm that none of my neighbors participated in this shit, but all of them boycotted it. Only the unsuccessful youth who failed in their studies joined them.

  • دكتور عمار

    2011-6-4

    In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. I am one of those who oppose the parade, because it actually diminishes respect for the state. However, I support the call for the departure of the occupation, because we cannot accept the continuing stay of the occupation to enjoy our riches and wealth while we are watching. Nevertheless, this must be based on peaceful resistance, because we have had enough orphans and dead youth.

  • عمار العراقي

    2011-6-4

    Dear brother, I am not a member of the Sadri Movement, but I wish that you would pay attention to the state terrorism, which has exceeded the terrorism of any other group. In Al-Nasiriyah, for example, some dirty personalities from government agencies fill the prisons, using the sellers of wine in collaboration with the ruling party. Where are the personal freedoms and constitution? Let the Mahdi Army do whatever it wants, hoping that there will be an unexpected miracle.

  • عراقي غيوور

    2011-6-4

    Imam Al-Mahdi, may God make him emerge soon, has no relationship with those people or their leader. The people with such minds are responsible for destroying the Iraqi people. The simple people were mobilized and paralyzed the public facilities in order to achieve some personal and limited interests.

  • امير

    2011-6-4

    Peace be upon you…. There were no slogans being chanted against the government or anyone; all the slogans were against the occupier only.

  • الرسول

    2011-6-4

    Peace be upon you…. This is a very miserable and fake opinion that is published by an unsuccessful website, newspaper, or publisher. The demands are limited to the call for the departure of the occupation, without mentioning the terrorizing of the citizens. Please try to understand and stop this ignorance.

  • العراقي

    2011-6-4

    This parade is a farce, because there is no state in the world that has two armies, i.e. the army of Muqtada al-Sadr and the regular army. I prefer to call this group the army of Muqtada al-Sadr, because imaam al-Mahdi has no relationship with them or their criminal acts.

  • محمد مهدي البلداوي

    2011-6-4

    Such a parade is shameful for any state, and it undermines its sovereignty. This is the responsibility of the state of law, which has the greatest government whose children are being killed using muffled guns, sticky bombs and car bombs.

  • سلمان

    2011-6-3

    “Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadr,” “Leader so and so,” and many other strange names are weirdly repeated by thousands of the people who fellow these leaders blindly. Honestly, I am speaking here about thousands of intellectuals and people who have academic degrees. Hence, I feel that there is something wrong and we have to come up with successful solutions in order to prevent any person from blowing himself up in a market that is crowded with innocent people, women and children. How we could get rid of the loyalty to different parties? We do not have magic solutions of the jinns to work for us, and this necessitates that we start with ourselves. We must boycott such gatherings and terrorist groups, deprive them of the financial provisions and support, in addition to reporting their elements to the concerned authorities. We must define the elements that are loyal to several parties and tendencies, in order to make money even at the expense of the others. Indeed, such people are used as tools and they are protected, but there is no other option, and we have to get rid of them, so that loyalty will be only for God and then the homeland.

  • ابو تقي العراقي

    2011-6-3

    First, we must know those against whom they revolted.

  • رائد الغراوي

    2011-6-3

    I want to send a message to the smart people that the parade of the Mahdi Army is nothing but a message of peace to the Muslim nation and a warning to the nation of disbelief, oppression and prosecution. This parade is the only one in this respect, and we have to support them in their efforts to resist aggression and injustice.

  • ابو مريم

    2011-6-3

    The current members of the Mahdi Army, not the original ones, are highwaymen and criminals who do not want Iraq to make progress like the other countries of the world. They are mercenaries who make money from Iran and the countries that encourage terrorism.

  • INAM

    2011-6-3

    What is wrong with those people? The world advances, but these people want to fight us. We ask God to save Iraq from them.

  • هاشم البدوي

    2011-6-3

    The crimes committed by the Mahdi Army are countless. Therefore, Iraq has witnessed many cases of terrible crimes against Iraqis. They don’t know what mercy is, and they move according to the instructions they receive from their masters in order to move to commit cowardly, savage murder operations.

  • كرار

    2011-6-3

    No to the militias. I am an Iraqi citizen and I want to live in a powerful civil state, where there is no group that can show off its power to frighten people. This is the behavior of the militias.

  • ايوب

    2011-6-3

    The supporters of the Sadri movement have always claimed that they work for the benefit of Iraq on solid grounds. They always say that they want the principles of justice, the rule of law, and freedom of expression to rule. The question here is about the national interests in this demonstration, which is dedicated to sectarianism and demolishes the rule of law. It is known that the presence of the militias means the total absence of the role of the institutions, and the presence of the militias cripples the establishment of the modern state. Consequently, the Sadri movement has to choose between the construction of the home and the implementation of foreign agendas on the Iraqi lands.

  • ايوب

    2011-6-3

    It is known that the presence of the militias means the total absence of the role of institutions, and the presence of the militias cripples the establishment of a modern state. Consequently, the Sadri movement has to choose between the construction of the home and the implementation of foreign agendas on the Iraqi lands.

  • مواطن عراقي على كد حالي

    2011-6-3

    I would refute the claims of the writer and publisher of this article very politely. I was among the attendants of the demonstration, and I watched it and came to the following conclusions: 1- There were no slogans or chants against the government or any party, or any provocative act against any particular sect 2- With regard to the claim that the demonstration paralyzed the service projects, this is a shamefully fabricated allegation, because I work near this area and know the nature of these harmful projects. I will not speak any more about this issue, because it vexes me. 3- The slogans that were chanted were against the occupation only, because there are calls for the delay of the withdrawal from Iraq, and this will not serve the interests of many people, unfortunately. 4- Since when do you care about the exams and the Iraqi people, especially since you have destroyed Iraq?

  • الحسني

    2011-6-3

    Unfortunately, what we have mentioned is untrue, because what happened during the demonstration of the Mahdi Army strengthens the unity of the Iraqi people, and it showed the popular solidarity with the supporters of the Sadri Movement. We have watched hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who support the Mahdi Army in this demonstration, and this invalidated the claims that the Iraqi people reject the return of the Mahdi Army. This is a lie that you have made up and then believed it. We seek God’s help against you.

  • جيش القتلة

    2011-6-3

    They are criminals and they will return for the sake of Iraq because of al-Maliki. The question is, why did al-Maliki win in the recent parliamentary elections? Of course, we all know that it is because of fighting the Mahdi Army. So, why did he allow those criminals to take to the streets again?

  • علي

    2011-6-3

    What is wrong?

  • عمار العكيلي

    2011-6-3

    Peace be upon you…. I am one of extreme rejectionists of the return of the armed groups to the street. However, our criticism must be constructive. It is impossible for a single day to prevent people from working in the projects, because many projects are already suspended. I am not a supporter of the Mahdi Army, but it is not responsible for this delay. We should not criticize all the time. Best regards.

  • قاسم

    2011-6-3

    If the government had no opposition, it would not work correctly. However, the opposition must always be peaceful, avoiding fanaticism and violence.

  • جيش القتلة

    2011-6-3

    They are criminals and they would return for the sake of Iraq because of al-Maliki. The question is, why did al-Maliki win in the recent parliamentary elections? Of course, we all know that it is because of his fighting the Mahdi Army. So, why did he allow those criminals to take to the streets again?

  • علي بدر

    2011-6-3

    I support the content of this article, especially the fact that the Mahdi Army came as response to the crimes of al-Qaeda, which is going to end. Consequently, the Mahdi Army has to be transformed into a civil association or even be dissolved to live in peace. They should never plan to play the role of Hezbollah. They must remember that Iraq is not a country of militias, but a state of law.

  • ابو الحسن الكرادي

    2011-6-3

    All militias are groups of terrorists. However, we thank God for getting rid of sectarianism, and we reject its return at the hands of the army of addicts or al-Qaeda. We also inquire about those who are going to benefit from the return of such groups.

  • مروان

    2011-6-2

    Peace be upon you…. Honestly, this demonstration was against the presence of the occupation in Iraq. Hence, any provocation must be directed at the occupation and its agents. This demonstration was a source of pride for Iraq with its sects and Shia. We ask God to have mercy upon the Iraqi Sunnis and Shia.

  • خالد العراقي

    2011-6-2

    I am a simple Iraqi citizen and I strongly condemn this provocative demonstration. What will be the response of al-Maliki if the Islamic Army, the western tribes, or the Peshmerga decided to organize similar military demonstrations? By the way, those who demand such demonstrations are the militias that have slaughtered the Iraqi people.

  • احمد

    2011-6-2

    The Mahdi Army works in the name of the Shiite Iraqi people and supports them.

  • احمد

    2011-6-2

    Dear brothers, the website says that the Mahdi Army is a militia. Why do you not criticize al-Qaeda and terrorism, as well as the takfiri Sunni forces that kill the innocents?

  • محمد حمبد

    2011-6-2

    Whoever knows the statements mentioned in this article can die laughing. That is because those who made them are as though they are sleeping with their legs in the sun. What they are speaking about? Is it really that Muhammad Khalil is afraid of sectarian strife? This man is an extremist chauvinist, but when it comes to the Kurds, then we would add nothing about its bloc that supports the highest bidder. With regard to Shahinder, he fears the alleged difficulties because they are going to oust him and his people from the offices that they have never dreamed of assuming. Of course, they have gained all of this with the help of the Americans; the Iraqi people demanded their departure in the above-mentioned demonstration. As for the stupid citizens whom I have met, they welcome any donkey and squawk with the crows. Peace be upon those who followed the guidance.

  • raad

    2011-6-2

    Refraining from putting on trial the criminals and leaders of the militias that killed the Iraqis, shed their blood, violated their honors, and plundered their money, and even making them partners in the government, is the worst calamity and the cause of the growth of these spiteful militias that hate Iraq and the Iraqis.

  • سؤدد العبيدي

    2011-6-2

    Peace be upon you…. I do not think that a sovereign state would accept the presence of organized militias outside the framework of the state. Such a state can never have a place among these countries. It is illogical to have an opposition party with a large military wing, in addition to representatives in the parliament and the government itself. This proves the naïveté of the democratic experience in Iraq and the political illiteracy of the Iraqi politicians. This also proves that they do not adhere to professionalism in constructing a civil state instead of the limited partisan interests. Consequently, they do not count the citizen or the homeland.

  • عبد الحي بنجويني

    2011-6-2

    I swear we are tired of Muqtada and his army. They should be happy with the dollars that they have received until today. Every day, they organize a demonstration in order to extort a few million dollars. Indeed, you are a patriot, but I advise you to stop, not to believe that you have become a leader.

  • ahmed_albangi1

    2011-6-2

    Peace be upon you…. Thank you very much for accepting me on this website. God wants us to live in peace, and we must stop this humiliation. We want peace. Thank you.

  • مواطن عراقي

    2011-6-2

    It is a beautiful thing to close your eyes and then open them to find the patriots of your country demanding independence. However, I am afraid that insistence on the departure of the Americans makes them support one party and foment sectarian strife. In such a case, the Americans will remain and the Americans will be sticky.

  • ام مهدي

    2011-6-2

    I swear we were afflicted with this mentally retarded man and his army of addicts. However, I want to understand why you are returning to sectarianism after getting rid of it. The problem is with the unsuccessful state itself, which should execute him because of the crimes that he has committed, along with his gang of thieves. Everything has an end, and I would remind you about Saddam; we used to be afraid of even speaking to ourselves about him. Now he has been sent to the dunghill of history, along with the Baathists. Likewise, Muqtada and his group will join Saddam soon, God willing.

  • عراق

    2011-6-2

    I swear this is a backward gang, and each one of them aspires to have authority in the street. We have to understand that Muqtada al-Sadr is driven by his obsession. We wish that he would urge his followers to love their homeland, rather than promoting backwardness and sabotage. They are the same group of the Muridi Market. If I am wrong, then they are the group of the market of Al-Marzujiyah. Hehehe.

  • حسين

    2011-6-2

    In the name of God the Most Merciful the ever Merciful. First, I agree with Brother Muhammad. Second, I wonder why the article is titled “The Iraqis Reject.” Does the writer of the article know that the Sadri Movement won 4.5 million votes in a general poll about the services? What about this number? You just try to attack the Sadri movement and wish that the occupation forces would stay. However, you have to realize that there are even participants from Anbar Governorate in this parade, and this proves the unity of the Iraqi people against the occupation.

  • حسين

    2011-6-2

    In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. First, I agree with Brother Muhammad. Second, I wonder why the article is titled “The Iraqis Reject.” Does the writer of the article know that the Sadri Movement won 4.5 million votes in a poll about its services? What about this number? You just try to attack the Sadri movement and wish that the occupation forces would stay. However, you have to realize that there are even participants from Anbar Governorate in this demonstration, and this proves the unity of the Iraqi people against the occupation.

  • وليد

    2011-6-2

    This is normal for the Iraqis.

  • المهدي

    2011-6-2

    Yes, indeed, this is not the army of al-Mahdi, may God make him emerge soon; this is the army of Muqtada al-Sadr, and it represents terrorism incarnate.

  • كريم

    2011-6-2

    Certainly, no one participates in this parade or maneuvers, because this proves the weakness of this trend in handling the different affairs or demanding peaceful political change or even services. The so-called al-Mahdi Army is a group of people who represent no one but themselves, and they adopt no political agenda that seeks to achieve the interests of the Iraqi people or the national interests. They have to understand that this serves no one, but it worsens these affairs and destabilizes the situation in the country. This also proves that some parties insist on disrespecting the results of the election and compliance with the law.

  • امير البدر

    2011-6-2

    I do not know how you handle this issue. Is it acceptable to consider the groups and parties that demand the departure of the occupation “militias”? I ask you to feel for Iraq, just once. I call on Muqtada al-Sadr to expel the occupation and I ask God to protect him.

  • مصطفى غرام

    2011-6-2

    In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the ever Merciful. On the day of this Islamic civil parade, I did not hear any denominational chants or chants against the government. What is the source of your news? This reflects the reputation of this untruthful mass media. That is because those who were participating in the parade repeated chants against the occupation only. Of course, such chants annoy you, because you are agents of the occupation. However, the occupation will leave, God willing, and you will follow it just as you came with it, under the attack of the strikes of the brave resistance fighters.

  • شاكر حسن

    2011-6-2

    God damn the Mahdi Army and may He rid us of them, because they are the one who committed everything that has happened in Baghdad in particular and the southern governorates, including acts of murder, assassination, kidnapping and constant violations against citizens, in addition to displacement operations of Iraqi families en masse. Then Muqtada comes out and says that they are a services army; this lying hypocrite. The Mahdi Army is not at all different in its ideology and works from the terrorist organization of al-Qaeda.

  • حسين عواد

    2011-6-2

    Very beautiful.

  • ابو الحق

    2011-6-2

    I am not a supporter of the al-Mahdi Army and I object to the parade.

  • ابو الحق

    2011-6-2

    I swear it is not for the benefit of the people to allow the al-Mahdi Army to organize such a parade.

  • عمار علي

    2011-6-2

    The Iraqis must realize that there is no stability under the control of the militia of the al-Mahdi Army. They do not respect Iraqi blood and they kill people based on suspicion, without referring to the religious leaders in order to get religious justification.

  • حيدر ابو امنه

    2011-6-2

    The militias do not seek to achieve the interests of this country; they want to spread chaos and destruction in the country. We have suffered terribly at the hands of the militias, which spread nothing but death and destruction, in addition to implementing the foreign agendas. They do not care for the interests of the country, and I am an eyewitness of their crimes, which included murder of the innocents.

  • حيدر المكصوصي

    2011-6-2

    Unfortunately, I was a member of the al-Mahdi Army, until I discovered that it is a group of killers and terrorists. I swear they are thieves and criminals. We used to participate in raids where we would plunder and kill people. I swear I am very sorry for all the crimes that I committed when I was with them. I ask God not to let me see such days again. Haidar al-Maksusi- Sadr City, Section 53

  • بنت الرافدين

    2011-6-2

    O God! Disunite the Shia and shake them, because they have terrified the people and spread bloodshed instead of peace. I ask God to deprive them of unity under the banner of this Rafidi and retarded man whom they call Muqtada al-Sadr. Indeed, he is the leader of the scum and the criminals.

  • ياسين العراقي

    2011-6-2

    Peace be upon you…. Obviously, the acts of these groups represent a clear and programmed threat to the current government and a flagrant attempt to exploit its weakness and inability to maintain security and stability in the country or to run the state in a satisfactory way. We, the Iraqis, want a real state that is based on administrative institutions that serve the Iraqi citizens. Today, we see a state inside a state, so to speak. It would be better for this government, which will be judged severely by history, to leave the country alone. History is merciless and it will record the black days that overshadowed the patient people who endured the oppression of the successive sectarian governments that implement American, Iranian, and Israeli agendas. In short, we are against the return of the militias and the armed groups that will destroy this country.

  • نور

    2011-6-2

    The believer is smart and he cannot be bitten in the same place twice. Reasonable people understand that the al-Mahdi Army are killers, and Imam al-Mahdi has nothing to do with them.

  • ابو فاروق

    2011-6-2

    The astonishing thing is that the prime minister keeps silent, and this is evidence of the failure of the government. This parade is unacceptable, and it is not peaceful, as they allege. We have heard their slogans that they are time bombs. I want to ask to whom they direct their threats. Does the al-Mahdi Army threaten the Americans? If so, then why did they hand over their arms to the US security forces? Muqtada al-Sadr wants to be Iraq’s Nasrallah.

  • عراقي

    2011-6-2

    Of course, the return of the al-Mahdi Army means the return of death and displacement for all Iraqis. O God! Have mercy upon us. I do not think that Iraq will recover like the other countries, as long as this fanatical militia remains active, because it seeks to achieve the whims of Muqtada al-Sadr rather than the interests of Iraq. O God! Curse all the tyrants.

  • مظلوم مشتكي الى الله

    2011-6-1

    I have one question: what is the religious legitimacy upon which the Sayyid who founded this army relied? Did this leader succeed in purifying its ranks of the countless corrupt elements, as is the case in the Ministry of Health, al-Mustansiriya University and the political office in Sadr city? In addition, did Muqtada al-Sadr ask the innocents who were terrorized by the elements of his army? Is his door open for the complaints of the people about his soldiers? We only seek God’s help against them. Of course, there is no way to compare this man and Hasan Nasrallah. The same applies to Ammar Al-Hakim; I want to know the source of the funds that are spent on his offices and on what basis he imposes taxes on the local contractors. I hope that these remarks will find their way to the listening ears of Talabani, Barazani, Allawi and all the Iraqi politicians.

  • اللورد

    2011-6-1

    I wish that when we criticize any personality, we would do this clearly and objectively, with practical examples. For instance, we have not seen any real reformative projects since the fall of Saddam. The absurd and silly excuse is the security instability. Even after the freezing of the al-Mahdi Army over the past period, which witnessed relative calm, we also did not see any actual reformative projects, with the exception of stealing the money of the Iraqis. In this way, all those who have come to Iraq are thieves and hate the Iraqis, regardless of their sects.

  • علي

    2011-6-1

    Were it not for the Sadri Movement, Iraq would have been destroyed. The claim against this movement is made by some people who do not wish good for Iraq, and the al-Mahdi Army will remain as a thorn in the eyes of darkness. We ask God to protect Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr; may God keep him safe.

  • عشتار

    2011-6-1

    The government must apply the constitution and ban the militias. Authority and weapons must be in the hands of the army and the government only. We want peace, away from the militias. We want security.

  • اسامه

    2011-6-1

    I did not understand the reason for this parade in general, and we all know that Iraq did not gain anything other than evil from these militias. They killed more innocent Iraqi people than the occupation itself, and their religious leadership is clear. I ask you by God: is it acceptable in the 21st century to live in a country controlled by the militias? What a shame! What can we say to the world? These militias are more harmful than the occupation itself.

  • باسم

    2011-6-1

    I would like to remind you that the parade was no more than a peaceful demonstration, and it witnessed no slogans agaisnt the government. Rather, its slogans supported the government. As for the traffic jam, this proves the importance of Sadr City, and highlights the fact that it is a major source of life of Baghdad.

  • نادية العراقية

    2011-6-1

    When will we live in peace and forsake this sectarian backwardness?

  • مجهووووووووول

    2011-6-1

    O God! Destroy them, because meanness circulates in their blood.

  • ابوصلاح

    2011-6-1

    How did the government allow a militia to display its power in this way that led to closing roads and transforming ambulances into cells for detention, just because the Iraqi youth demanded a correction of the political process and offering services, as well as fighting corruption? Will the government give us permission to organize a peaceful demonstration in Baghdad? Will it close the streets for our sake? However, I expect that it will adopt double standards. The demonstration aims at intimidating the people and calling for the stay of the occupation forces.

  • زياد الربيعي

    2011-6-1

    Iraq is going through a very difficult and critical situation, and all the powers compete for power and make up a crisis that may lead to an explosion, which is not desired by the people. Consequently, engaging in a show of force will make the disagreements more severe, and the threat of fomenting the sectarian conflicts will take Iraq back to square one. I do not see a need for such unsuccessful demonstrations, which prove that these parties lack the awareness and vision of reform. Hence, dear citizens, your presence in the demonstrations that are being organized in Liberation Square, which has turned into a symbol of the opposition that calls for radical reforms in the country. The political and sectarian sharing of power has left no room for the opposition in the parliament, because all parties participate in the government. Of course, this is unacceptable.

  • امير

    2011-6-1

    God’s power is overwhelming.

  • مصطفى

    2011-6-1

    Peace be upon you…. First, I think that the title, “The Iraqis Boycott,” is wrong; it should have been “Very few Iraqis Boycott.” Second, there are many demonstrations in the Arab world, and I think that Obama himself called it a democratic liberation movement. Considering the fact that the Iraqis are pioneers in this field, they have the right to express their rejection of the stay of the occupation by organizing peaceful demonstrations. Best regards.

  • عبد الحسين العبيدي

    2011-6-1

    We support you as to building the new Iraq. There is no change in the 60-day plan and the 100-day plan. We want services and appointments. Thank you. Your brother Abd al-Hussein al-Ubaydi

  • زوزان

    2011-6-1

    Peace be upon you…. A call to all Iraqis. As long as Muqtada and his infidel group are active in Iraq, Iraq will never see light.

  • د. علي الموسوي

    2011-6-1

    What is the source of the information of Al-Qaysi, who wrote this article? All Iraqis have confirmed that it would be a peaceful procession as part of a demonstration that rejects the stay of the occupation. Is there anyone who does not want the occupation to leave the country? Is there anyone who wants to deprive the Iraqis of expressing their inner thoughts? Do you really want us to go back to the oppression of the former regime? As for the cordoning off and blocking of the roads to which the writer referred, that is untrue, because the major commanders of the Ministries of Defense and Interior were sitting on the tribune of the peaceful Islamic demonstration, which only demands the departure of the occupier. Best regards to all the honorable Iraqis. Dr. Ali Al-Musawi Kirkuk

  • جلالة الملكة

    2011-6-1

    I wish that Iraq were in best condition, but this will never take place at the hands of the militias. The government has to play its role for which it was elected. We want the government to respond to the demands of the people in general and the university students in particular. Why do we find ourselves forced to stay in our houses without any job after graduation? It is unacceptable to leave the youth jobless and unemployed. I call on the government to pay attention to its people. May God bless the staff of this beautiful website. Umm Nour.

  • ابن العراق

    2011-5-31

    Aside from the untrue exaggerations that have bored us, if anyone tries to abuse me, I will attack him viciously, because the situation cannot endure the return of the militias. You should first discuss the issue of electricity or rent.

  • نجم بغداد

    2011-5-31

    God will send liars to hell, and this article is full of lies. I advise those who want to succeed in their work to fear God. We ask God to make us all righteous. A faithful reader of your website.

  • محمد الطربوشي

    2011-5-29

    I am not a member of the group of Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr, but I think one day cannot affect the extension of the drinking water pipelines and delay the activities of the government. This excuse is unacceptable and it is ridiculous.

  • wael sultan

    2011-5-28

    A wonderful and honest article.