In Sadr City, Transcendent Bonds of Friendship Abu Haider is the leader of a Mahdi army cell in Sadr City. His best friend from childhood, Hassan, works for Iraq's national police. The story of their complex friendship shows the difficulty for U.S. and Iraqi forces to disentangle the "good guys" from the "bad guys" in the militant stronghold.
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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

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.