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In Sadr City, Transcendent Bonds of Friendship

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In Sadr City, Transcendent Bonds of Friendship

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In Sadr City, Transcendent Bonds of Friendship

In Sadr City, Transcendent Bonds of Friendship

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Abu Haider is the leader of a Mehdi army cell in Sadr City. His best friend from childhood, Hassan, works for Iraq's national police. The story of their relationship — and the fear and friendship that keeps it together — shows how Muqtada al-Sadr's militia controls Sadr City and how difficult it will be for U.S. or Iraqi forces to disentangle the "good guys" from the "bad" ones.