Iraq: Preparing for the Return of Moqtada al-Sadr - TIME Moqtada al-Sadr may be Washington's biggest nightmare in Iraq, but the nationalist cleric who led an insurgency against U.S. troops and is currently studying in Iran remains a hero to millions of his Shi'ite followers. That fact has allowed him to use the democratic process to return to center stage of Iraqi politics: When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unveiled his new cabinet on Dec. 21, Sadr's lieutenants were awarded eight of the 29 positions announced a reflection of the fact that Maliki would not be premier without Sadr's support. From the Iraqi Constitution: Article 2: First: Islam is the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental source of legislation: A. No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established. It was only a matter of time. When the US supported Iraqi Constitution was unveiled, we knew Iraq was moving towards an Iranian style of government. For those that say, "We can't tell Iraqis how to govern", when we invaded, we did exactly that.