International Affairs
1 October 2014 , Volume 70, Number 5

After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April 2003, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani emerged as one of the most powerful men in Iraq. Sistani was already known to Shia Muslims worldwide as the somewhat reticent leader of the religious establishment in Najaf. The fall of the Ba’ath regime thrust him on to the national and international stage.


Hayder al-Khoei

Former Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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