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Al Jazeera has this interview with Moqtada Al Sadr which at the very least gives an alternative narrative:
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera in Damascus, al-Sadr called on the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the United Nations to recognise "the Iraqi resistance".
"I appeal to these parties to add legitimacy to the resistance and to stand by, not against, the Iraqi people because the Iraqi people need Arabs as much as they need any other person," he said.
"Iraq is still under occupation and the United States' popularity is reducing every day and every minute in Iraq.
"I call, through Al Jazeera, for the departure of the occupying troops from Iraq as soon as possible."