In any major city there are some hot zones as in the country of IraqCongressman compares Iraq, Detroit Mar 22, 2007
They killed the father of my children! The Americans killed my daughtersU.S. soldiers accused of killing family Mar 10, 2007
We have been ordered by Najaf to not engage in any clashes with them, because we know they want to drag us into a conflict, but we are now a part of the political processHunt for kidnapped soldier in Sadr City Oct 28, 2006
Sadr City (Arabic: مدينة الصدر) is a suburb district of the city of Baghdad, Iraq. It was built in 1959 by Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qassim and later unofficially renamed Sadr City after deceased Shia leader Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr. Sadr City is one of nine administrative districts in Baghdad. A public housing project neglected by Saddam Hussein, Sadr City holds more than 1 million Shiite residents, many of them poor.
Sadr City was built in Iraq in 1959 by Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qassim in response to grave housing shortages in Baghdad. At the time named Revolution City (مدينة ألثورة), it provided housing for Baghdad's urban poor, many of whom had come from the countryside and who had until then lived in appalling conditions. It quickly became a stronghold of the Iraqi Communist Party, and resistance to the Baathist-led coup of 1963 was strong there.
After the Baath Party Coup, the district was renamed Saddam City, in honor of Saddam Hussein, the Baath Party leader. After the foreign occupation of Baghdad in April 2003, the district was unofficially renamed Sadr City after deceased shiite leader Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr.