Born c.1974, Muqtada al-Sadr was the son of Grand Ayatolla Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr. After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Sadr began to organize the Iraqi Shi'ite majority, forming a militia called the Mahdi Army to police the "Sadr City" neighborhood of Baghdad and enact retribution on Sunni Muslims. Sadr's militia also engaged coalition troops, calling for their complete removal.
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