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Sadr losing his grip on Mahdi Army

An upsurge in violence in southern Iraq has thrown a spotlight on radical Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr, to whom the Iraqi government is turning for help at the same time as it moves against his followers. Although Mr Sadr is revered by many Shia radicals, it is unclear how much direct authority he wields over the increasingly splintered movement that he led to prominence after the fall of Saddam. Full Story

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