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Ali is an economist and political analyst, working at a private UK-based company. He worked previously at the World Health Organisation and has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter (@alialsaffar).

Sayyid Abdul Majid al-Khoei: 7 years on.

Seven years ago, many Iraqis went to sleep knowing that Saddam’s murderous Ba’ath was consigned to history. Regardless of what many thought of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, most of us went to bed happy. Unfortunately, the joy was short-lived for the family of one of Saddam’s bitterest opponents. Sayyid Abdul Majid al-Khoei had spent years in exile in opposition to Saddam, and had gone back to help the needy and disenfranchised in Najaf, but was brutally murdered by a mob of criminals who, although relatively unknown then, would go on to establish a bloody and heinous legacy. Sayyid Abdul Majid was one the first, and remains the most prominent, victim of Jaish al-Mahdi.

Seven years to the day and the family of this great man have still not seen justice, and those responsible for the crime-chief amongst them Muqtada al-Sadr- are yet to be held accountable.

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