"Let the whole world hear that we reject America. No, no to the occupier. We don't kill Iraqis — our hands do not kill Iraqis. We target only the occupier with all the means of resistance... The new government must work to get the occupier out of the country, in a suitable way... We heard a pledge from the government in this regard, and we are waiting for it to honor its word."
- Shia cleric and elected political official Muqtada al-Sadr, speaking to followers in Najif upon his return to Iraq