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Koranic Mythology Behind Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army

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Koranic Mythology Behind Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army

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Koranic Mythology Behind Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army

Koranic Mythology Behind Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army

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NPR's Mike Shuster reports on the mythology behind the Mahdi army, the militia supporting Iraqi insurgent leader Moqtada al-Sadr. The group has invoked the mahdi, an important Koranic symbol, to lend religious significance to their fight.