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  • Sadr welcomes return of Iraqi Jews

    06/12/2018 4:52:26 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | June 11, 2018 | Saad Salloum
    In a bold move, Iraq’s Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr spoke in favor of the return of the Jews who were evicted from the country half a century ago. Sadr responded to a question posed by one of his followers June 2 on whether Iraqi Jews have a right to return after having been forcibly displaced due to previous Iraqi policies, noting that they used to own properties and were part of the Iraqi community. He said, "If their loyalty was to Iraq, they are welcome." His answer was taken as tantamount to a religious edict, or fatwa. The response has...
  • Nationalist Sadr’s Iraq election wins surprises regional rivals

    05/17/2018 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Ahval (events) ^ | May 16 2018 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Shia populist cleric and Iraqi nationalist Moqtada al Sadr won the May 12 Iraqi elections to the surprise of Iran, Turkey, the United States and many Iraq experts. Sadr is against Israel, the United States and Iran, and also opposes the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi territory. Now he is the kingmaker of Iraq’s elections, winning 54 out of 329 seats in the Iraqi parliament. Washington was hoping Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi would win as a result of his defeat of Islamic State (ISIS), while Iran backed the Conquest alliance headed by the leader of the paramilitary...
  • Moqtada al-Sadr whose militia killed US troops winning Iraqi election as west-backed candidate flops

    05/14/2018 3:06:08 AM PDT · by Postman Pat · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14 May 2018 | Zoie O'brien
    A radical cleric who led militia into bloody battles with coalition forces in Iraq is on course to win the country's election. Firebrand Iraqi Moqtada al-Sadr formed the Mahdi Army in 2003 which was responsible for bloodshed on the streets of Basra and the shooting down of coalition planes.
  • How Moqtada al-Sadr Could Take Down Iraq’s Government

    05/02/2016 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 01, 2016 | Michael Weiss
    Supporters of the powerful Shia cleric stormed Baghdad’s parliament, leaving legislators quivering in the basement and Iraq on the edge of political chaos. Hussain Jassim refused to leave the Green Zone, once considered the impenetrable citadel at the heart of Baghdad, until his leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered him to do so. “We have entered parliament and we have broken it’s prestige in front of people because they are thieves, they deserve for that to happen to them,” Jassim told The Daily Beast. He was one of thousands of angry protestors who on Saturday raided the Iraqi legislature, chasing MPs out...
  • U.S. airstrikes in Amerli supported deadly Shia terror group

    09/02/2014 11:48:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    While helping Iraqi forces to break the Islamic State's siege of Amerli, the US Air Force supported a deadly Shia militia that is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. The Shia militia, known as Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous, has also captured and executed US soldiers and British citizens in the past. Iraqi forces, supported by "paramilitary forces" such as the League of the Righteous, advanced on Amerli late last week and reached the town by Aug. 31, The Washington Post reported. By Sept. 1, the siege, which lasted for more than two months, was...
  • Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr warns al-Qaeda ringleader 'Ayman al-Zawahiri' over Syria (Face-Off)

    06/17/2013 4:15:23 AM PDT · by BCW · 10 replies
    Ahlul Bayt News Agency ^ | 17 JUN 2013 | ABNA
    Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has issued a stern warning to the ringleader of al-Qaeda against the terrorist group’s further intervention in Syria. Sadr said Monday that Ayman al-Zawahiri needs to stay away from Syria’s affairs and allow Sunnis and Alawites to live peacefully in Syria as they always did. He condemned al-Qaeda’s killing of Muslims and said the group and its extremist ways have no place in Islamic nations.
  • Iranian Murders in the West

    10/19/2011 5:00:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Stephen Schwartz
    Americans were stunned on October 11 when the Justice Department unsealed its complaint against Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old used-car dealer from Corpus Christi now in federal custody, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Shakuri remains inside Iran. The pair have been charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir. As disclosed by the Treasury Department, the plot was coordinated by Arbabsiar’s cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Quds Force functionary whom the Treasury designated in 2008 as one of several “individuals and entities fueling violence in Iraq.” Shahlai was...
  • Iraq's Sadrists call to dissolve parliament

    12/26/2011 8:35:46 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | December 26,2011
    Followers of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr also want new elections amid political crisis and fresh violence in Baghdad. A suicide attack killed five people at the interior ministry in Baghdad as a key political bloc called for early elections in a worsening standoff that has stoked sectarian tensions. The blast, which left dozens wounded on Monday, came just days after the capital was struck by its deadliest violence in more than four months. The parliamentary coailtion loyal to anti-US Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said it backed the dissolution of parliament and early elections in a dispute that has seen Iraq's...
  • Fareed Zakaria: Iraq Withdrawal Is Victory For Iran

    10/22/2011 2:36:10 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 10/22/11 | Noel Sheppard
    As the media did a victory lap over Friday's announcement by President Obama that all American troops would be removed from Iraq by the end of the year, Fareed Zakaria took a surprisingly contrary position. Speaking from Tehran with a variety of CNN hosts throughout the day, Zakaria said this development was a disappointment for the United States and a victory for Iran. (video follows with transcript and commentary) JOHN KING, HOST: A simple question up front. U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of the year, Iran has to view this as a victory. FAREED ZAKARIA: Oh, I'm sure...
  • Cleric vows attacks if US troops stay in Iraq

    08/11/2011 8:21:58 PM PDT · by yup2394871293 · 27 replies
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | Sun, Aug 7, 2011 | REBECCA SANTANA
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful anti-American Shiite cleric in Iraq with thousands of loyal followers threatened on Sunday that U.S. forces who stay past the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline are fair game to attack.Iraqi officials, worried about a potential backlash if U.S. troops remain in the country, have tried to portray any American force that does not withdraw as trainers of the still-growing Iraqi military rather than as combat troops.While the security situation in Iraq has improved over the past few years, attacks are still commonplace. In June alone, 15 U.S. soldiers were killed, making it the bloodiest month for...
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

    07/07/2011 9:49:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published July 07, 2011 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The attack follows the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Fifteen U.S. soldiers died in June, nearly all in attacks by Shiite militias. ----- Thursday's bomb, which was detonated near a checkpoint outside Victory Base Camp, was a powerful armor-piercing explosive known as an EFP, according to two military officials with knowledge of the attack. EFPs typically...
  • Sadr's followers demand Biden stay away from Iraq (we don't want him either)

    01/14/2011 8:56:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Followers of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets on Friday after prayers to condemn a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and demand U.S. forces leave the country.
  • In Iraq, apprehension ahead of speech by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr

    01/06/2011 9:58:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 6, 2011 | By Aaron C. Davis
    Lawmakers across Iraq's political and ethnic spectrums waited Thursday for word from anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, saying his first address after returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran would likely say a lot about his intended approach to Iraq's fragile new government. Late Thursday, a spokesman at Sadr's office in Najaf said the cleric would deliver "a very important speech" Saturday at his home outside the Shiite holy city. After months of shifting political alliances finally produced a new government late last year, most Iraqis are still gingerly feeling their way forward. Some voiced cautious optimism...
  • Anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq after 3-year absence, Iraqi officials say

    01/05/2011 7:14:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    1310 News ^ | 1/5/2011 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led several Shiite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before travelling to neighbouring Iran at least three years ago, has returned to Iraq, officials said Wednesday. Al-Sadr's return caps another dramatic rise to prominence for him and his followers after they were routed by Iraqi and U.S. forces and appeared to fade from power just a few years ago. The strong showing by his bloc in last year's parliamentary elections and his key support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki paved the way for Wednesday's return. It was not immediately clear how long al-Sadr would stay...
  • Maliki in Tehran visit urges Iran to help rebuild Iraq

    10/19/2010 1:09:15 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    AFB via Space Daily.com ^ | 10/19/2010 | AFB via Space Daily.com
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday urged Iran to help rebuild his war-torn country during a visit to Tehran that came as his rival accused the Islamic republic of meddling in Iraqi affairs. Maliki's one-day stopover in Iran is part of a regional tour aimed at drumming up support for his bid to stay in power after an inconclusive March 7 general election. He held a series of meetings in Tehran, including with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, before holding talks with Iraq's radical Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Qom, reports...
  • Iran's, Syria-backed Arab-Islamic Terrorists: The Hezbollah

    05/24/2010 10:35:37 AM PDT · by Righting · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Iran's, Syria-backed Arab-Islamic Terrorists: The Hezbollah Contents 1 Funding 1.1 Criminal funding1.2 South America1.3 U.S.1.4 Europe1.5 U.S. Mexican border 2 Regional plans3 Global Plans4 Violence outside Lebanon 4.1 Iraq4.2 Somalia4.3 Afghanistan4.4 Sudan4.5 Egypt4.6 Azerbaijan4.7 Europe4.8 Argentina 5 References Funding Dirty Money, Blood MoneyCriminal funding The Lebanese Shiite Terrorist Organization has been highlighted as a profile in "Crime and Terrorism" - Hezbollah's Criminal activity is widely in Lebanon and worldwide. [1], or what researches call: "various criminal enterprises to raise funds for Hezbollah." [2] Among the illegal, criminal methods of the Islamic group is wide fraud, drug trafficking, credit card...
  • Guess Who Is Really Going To Decide The Iraq Election Results

    03/30/2010 6:28:23 PM PDT · by JLWORK · 5 replies · 476+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | May 30, 2010 | John L. Work
    Over at Diana West’s website some not too surprising, but none-the-less deeply disturbing news reports have surfaced which demonstrate that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and exiled anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (photo above) are all more than casually involved in deciding the final outcome of Iraq’s recent election results. Emissaries from the highest levels of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government have already met in Tehran with all of the afore-named, hoping to secure the blessings of the Shiite Muslim coalition that governs Iran, and return al-Maliki to his current office. Any eyebrows up yet? Not...
  • Iraq: Radical cleric becomes 'ayatollah'

    05/05/2009 3:52:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 661+ views
    AKI ^ | May 5, 2009
    Baghdad, 5 May (AKI) - Radical Iraqi Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, is reported to have assumed the title of Grand Ayatollah after concluding his studies in the holy city of Qom in Iran. Sources close to the cleric's faction released the news to the Arab daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat. Around 70 supporters of al-Sadr on Sunday concluded a conference in the Turkish city of Istanbul where they elected new leaders and mapped out their future. Al-Sadr, who leads the Mahdi Army militia, also met both Recep Tayyip Erodgan, the Turkish prime minister, and president Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Friday during...
  • Al-Sadr resurfaces in Turkey, meets with Turkish President and Prime Minister

    05/03/2009 9:01:20 AM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 652+ views
    (AFP, May 2, 2009) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted by Robert at May 3, 2009 4:08 AM | n/a
    May 3, 2009 Al-Sadr resurfaces in Turkey, meets with Turkish President and Prime Minister Why is this jihadist meeting with the "moderate" and "pro-American" leaders of Turkey? They're talking about the "security of Iraq." Since all parties involved are proponents of Sharia rule, likely that is what will be advanced as a result of this meeting. "Radical anti-US cleric Sadr resurfaces in Turkey," from AFP, May 2 (thanks to all who sent this in): Iraq's Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr – not seen in public for nearly two years – held face-to-face talks with Turkey's top two leaders Friday, the...
  • US breaks up Mahdi Army 'Promise Day Brigade' cell in Al Kut

    04/26/2009 3:46:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 470+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | April 26, 2009, 4:07 pm | Bill Roggio
    The US military broke up an Iranian-backed terror cell associated with Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army during a raid in Al Kut in central Iraq. Iraqi officials are claiming the US military conducted the raid without approval. Coalition forces killed one Iranian-backed terrorist and captured six others during a raid that targeted a financier that supports both the Mahdi Army Special Groups and the Brigade of the Promised Day. One woman was also killed during a gunfight that broke out during the raid; the woman was caught in the crossfire. The Brigade of the Promised Day was created by Sadr...