“America is the enemy of God,” a crowd chanted as the servicemen towed away a charred Humvee

“We will not cooperate with the council,” he told the crowd. “We will form our own council. Iraq will then have two councils: one of the wrongdoers and one of the righteous.”

“Zionists!” the crowd chanted. “Zionist council!”

In an interview later with The Associated Press, al-Sadr said he would launch a parallel government and draft a constitution in consultation with all the country’s Islamic movements.

“Eventually, we’ll have a referendum separate from the Americans and, God willing, elections separate from the Americans,” he said.
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Author: Rob