|Residence||Baghdad, Cairo, Amman|
|Occupation||cleric, chairman of Association of Muslim Scholars|
Sheikh Harith Sulayman al-Dhari (al-Dari) or Harith ibn Sulayman ibn Dhari al-Zoba'i al-shamri (Arabic: حارث الضاري) (born in 1941 in Anbar in Al Zaidan district, Iraq) is a Sunni Arab cleric, and chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars. He is also leader of the Zoba' tribe. An outspoken critic of the American invasion of Iraq, he is known as "the Spiritual Leader of the Iraqi Resistance" (Insurgency). His father and grandfather killed British Colonel Gerard Leachman and played a part in the 1920 revolution against British imperial rule, which was the fiercest in the Shi'ite south, and was a seminal moment of unity between Iraq's Sunnis, Shi'ites, and Kurds that forced the British to allow a form of self-rule.
Role in Iraqi politics
Harith al-Dhari has been an outspoken critic of the foreign military presence in Iraq, and has said that 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 Sunni Arabs and respect among the rebels.
On November 16, 2006 Iraq's interior minister Jawad al-Bolani (a Shi'a) announced that an arrest warrant had been issued from the state's judicial system for al-Dhari, who then lived between Cairo and Amman, on charges 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,". In his speech on July 2, 2006, Osama Bin Laden praised Al-Dhari.
- http://english.aljazeera.net/news/archive/archive?ArchiveId=1572 Profile of al-Dhari by al-Jazeera
- "Arrest of Sunni leader sought in Iraq".
- Semple, Kirk (November 17, 2006). "Iraq Issues Arrest Warrant for a Prominent Sunni Cleric". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- Iraq's Shiite-led regime seeks to arrest top Sunni cleric
- "Al-Qaeda Loses an Iraqi Friend". Time. May 14, 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2010.