Harith al-Dhari

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Sheik Harith Sulayman al-Dhari was born in 1941 in Baghdad. He is an Iraqi politician, and chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars. He is a descendant of Shaikh Dhari who became a national hero when he managed to kill a colonial British officer, Colonel Gerard Leachman in 1920, triggering a massive revolution against the British occupation of Iraq.

[edit] Education

He and educated at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He later worked in the Islamic Law Department of Baghdad University.<ref>[http://english.aljazeera.net/news/archive/archive?ArchiveId=1572 Profile of al-Dhari by al-Jazeera</ref>

[edit] Role in Iraqi politics

He has been an outspoken critic of the foreign military presence in Iraq and has said he approves of the armed resistance in the absence of a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops. This stance has won him support among hard-line Sunni Arabs and respect among the rebels.

On November 16, 2006, the Interior Minister of Iraq Jawad Bulani, an Iraqi Shi'a, announced that Dhari was wanted on a charge of inciting violence. "The government's policy is that anyone who tries to spread division and strife among the Iraq people will be chased by our security agencies,".<ref>Arrest of Sunni leader sought in Iraq</ref><ref>Iraq Issues Arrest Warrant for a Prominent Sunni Cleric</ref><ref>Iraq's Shiite-led regime seeks to arrest top Sunni cleric </ref>

He had fled the Shiites to Jordan.

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