Friday, April 11, 2008

Good Deed Of Day-Key Sadr Aid Assassinated

Sure some might disagree, but in the Good Deed of the day department, we hand out the award to the un-named assassins who took out a key al-Sadr henchman.
Family members and mourners raise the coffin with Riyadh al-Nouri, senior aide to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, during the funeral march in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 11, 2008. Riyadh al-Nouri, the director of al-Sadr's office in Najaf and his brother-in-law, were gunned down as they drove home after attending Friday prayers in the adjacent city of Kufa, a police officer and a local Sadrist official said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)
Top aide to al-Sadr assassinated in Iraq;_ylt=AuX7nKCGoYHrTGd4t2dWP_Os0NUE

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago

BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated a top aide of anti-American leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday, sharpening a Shiite power struggle that has already triggered fighting between the cleric's followers and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

Riyadh al-Nouri, director of al-Sadr's office in Najaf, was gunned down by an unknown number assailants near his home after returning from prayer services, police and Sadrist officials said.

Al-Sadr blamed the Americans and their Iraqi allies for the killing but called for calm — presumably to avoid a showdown at a time his Mahdi Army militia is under pressure by Iraqi and U.S.-led forces in Baghdad and southern Iraq.

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