Muqtada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in months on Friday and delivered an anti-American sermon in the holy Shiite city of Kufa.
"No, no for the devil. No, no for America. No, no for the occupation. No, no for Israel," he chanted at the start of his speech. The roughly 6,000 worshippers in the mosque repeated after him.
Al-Sadr had gone to Iran four months ago at the start of the Baghdad security crackdown, but U.S. military officials said early Friday that he had returned to the holy city of Najaf, where he has a house.
Residents in Najaf said they saw his motorcade leaving the city and heading toward Kufa on Friday morning. The leader then entered the revered mosque for prayers.
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