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Introduction
Click on the links to read about key people and groups in Iraq
Islamic: Secular: Kurds and others: Governing council:
Overview
Daawa
Sciri
Sadr Group
Iraqi Islamic Party
Kurdish Islamic Union
Sistani & other leaders
Overview
Adnan Pachachi
Ahmed Chalabi (INC)
Iyad Alawi (INA)
Communist Party
Naseer al-Chaderchi
Royalists
Baathists
Overview
Massoud Barzani
Jalal Talabani
Assyrians
Turkmen
Tribal leaders
Marsh Arabs
Overview
Council members
DAAWA

Founded in the 1950s, the Daawa Party is the oldest of the Shia Islamist movements. After a series of attempts to assassinate Saddam Hussein and some of his ministers, it was harshly suppressed and the group eventually split into several factions.

The party's spokesman, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, is an influential member of the Iraqi Governing Council.

Another senior Daawa member, Ezzedine Salim, was killed in a bombing in May 2004, when he held the rotating presidency of the council.

A senior Daawa figure, Sheikh Mohammed Nasseri, has returned to southern Iraq from exile in Iran as part of an attempt by the party to re-establish itself after years of clandestine existence.

Sheikh Nasseri has said: "The most dangerous thing is to prolong the occupation period of the coalition forces. We hope the period will be shorter than six months."

Shia Muslims suffered greatly under Saddam Hussein

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