A legendary friendship borne of youth and revolutionary zeal eventually succumbs to the strains of Cold War realpolitik.
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Muqtada al Sadr, an influential Shia cleric who led an armed resistance against the US army from 2003-2008, has seized on widespread anger toward the the Iraqi government to lead demonstrations calling for reform. Earlier this month, unarmed Sadr supporters stormed the parliament, a building off limits to average Iraqis for the last 13 years. On Friday, Iraqi security forces shot at demonstrators outside the parliament, prompting Sadr to deploy his militia in Baghdad for the first time in nearly a decade.
On this episode, we speak with:
Jonathan Krohn @JonathanLKrohn
Nancy Youssef @nancyayoussef
Senior National Security Correspondent, The Daily Beast
Dhiaa al-Asadi @dna1969
Member of Iraqi Parliament, Ahrar Bloc
Ahmed al-Basheer @albasheershow
Host, The Basheer Show
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