January 06 2011
A Shi'ite cleric and longtime U.S. opponent has returned to Iraq after three years of voluntary exile in Iran, the New York Times reports.
Muqtada al-Sadr arrived in his stronghold of Najaf on Wednesday. He left Iraq in 2007 in part to avoid an arrest warrant for the 2003 killing of a rival cleric.
The Sadr movement made gains in 2009 local elections and won 40 seats in last year's national vote.
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