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  • Religious leaders tell al-Sadr to keep militia intact

    04/07/2008 7:08:37 PM PDT · by james500 · 26 replies · 72+ views
    Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders have told anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr not to disband his Mehdi Army, an al-Sadr spokesman said Monday amid fresh fighting in the militia's Baghdad strongholds. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanded Sunday that the cleric disband his militia, which waged two uprisings against U.S. troops in 2004, or see his supporters barred from public office. But al-Sadr spokesman Salah al-Obeidi said al-Sadr has consulted with Iraq's Shiite clerical leadership "and they refused that." He did not provide details of the talks. The Mehdi Army has borne the brunt of an Iraqi government crackdown on what...
  • Al-Sadr Calls for Dialogue in Iraq (Time for talk is over)

    04/07/2008 12:16:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 87+ views
    ap ^ | 4/7/2008 | BUSHRA JUHI
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Aides to Muqtada al-Sadr called Monday for dialogue to resolve a violent standoff with the Iraqi government, saying that the radical Shiite cleric would disband his militia if senior religious leaders ordered it. The overture came as Baghdad's main Shiite district of Sadr City faced continued clashes between al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia fighters and Iraqi troops backed by U.S. forces. Also Monday, a U.S. soldier was killed by small-arms fire after a roadside bombing in Baghdad, the military said, pushing the two-day American death toll to at least eight. The attack occurred in an eastern section of...
  • The Fools! They Think They Can Win...By Winning!

    04/07/2008 3:15:06 PM PDT · by Crush T Velour · 71+ views
    Iraqi Bloggers Central ^ | 4/7/08 | CMAR II
    (Evil genius Muqty "Mookie" Al-Sadr controls Iraq's future with the power of his mind.) The title of this post is taken from a Stephen Cobert riff on something Rudy Guliani said of Mitt Romney (the then-perceived leader in the Republican presidential race) after having failed to place in the first three successive Republican primaries: "I think I’ve lulled him into a false sense of security.” Yesterday, (Iraqi blogger) MHZ posted about going to hear American reporter Dahr Jamail talk about Iraq. At his book-signing, MHZ took Jamail to task for (as he saw it) boosting for Sadr. Besides calling for...
  • Iraq: Sadr Party Faces Rising Isolation

    04/06/2008 2:49:46 PM PDT · by james500 · 24 replies · 108+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | Apr 6, 2008 | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    Iraq's major Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties have closed ranks to force anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to disband his Mahdi Army militia or leave politics, lawmakers and officials involved in the effort said Sunday. Such a bold move risks a violent backlash by al-Sadr's Shiite militia. But if it succeeds it could cause a major realignment of Iraq's political landscape. The first step will be adding language to a draft election bill banning parties that operate militias from fielding candidates in provincial balloting this fall, the officials and lawmakers said. The government intends to send the draft to parliament within...
  • Al-Sadr: "What is more important is to make society, not just the government, Islamic"

    04/01/2008 11:42:06 AM PDT · by LJayne · 5 replies · 115+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/1/08 | Robert Spencer
    MORE ISLAMIC THAN IRAGI, HE SAYS Al-Sadr emphasizes the religious character of his movement. Of course, Western analysts will continue to dismiss him as a Misunderstander of Islam.
  • Iraqi PM: Basra Operation a 'Success'

    04/01/2008 11:17:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 58+ views
    AP ^ | 4/1/2008 | BUSHRA JUHI
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, returning from the southern city of Basra, claimed Tuesday that a week-old operation against Shiite militias has been a "success" despite a cease-fire that did not disarm the gunmen and left him politically battered. The Shiite leader stopped short of declaring an end to the offensive that began a week ago Tuesday in Basra, sparking retaliatory clashes in Baghdad and other southern cities, and criticism that his government was unprepared for the fierce backlash. Militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, meanwhile, thanked his fighters for "defending your people, your land and your honor." Sporadic fighting...
  • After the Surge

    03/31/2008 9:42:32 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 693+ views
    The Belmont Club | March 31, 2008 | Wretchard
    About three days ago, when the clash between the Iraqi Army and the Madhi army was in its fourth day, I asked a senior officer returned from Iraq after his presentation whether Maliki would go all the way against Sadr. He said he didn't know, but added that militias were a problem that had to be eventually addressed. Another questioner asked about the quality of the Iraqi Armed forces, and on this point the answer was more definite. The quality was uneven. Many parts of it were rudimentary; some parts of it were extraordinarily good.But the subject of the talk...
  • Iraqi Government Welcomes Al-Sadr's Orders to Pull Fighters From Streets

    03/31/2008 5:13:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 17 replies · 510+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Sunday, March 30, 2008
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Iraqi government has welcomed an order by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to pull his fighters off the streets. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told FOX News that the decision is "positive and responsive." Al-Dabbagh said the move would "help the government confront those who are violating the law" and that it would help to "isolate those who are trying to destroy the government effort". He said Iraqi security operations in Basra would not end until the "criminal elements" operating there are removed. Also praising al-Sadr's orders was Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said it was "a...
  • The reason al-Sadr surrendered

    03/30/2008 7:36:46 PM PDT · by Thomas W. · 105 replies · 5,154+ views
    YouTube ^ | March 30, 2008 | Thomas W.
    Iraqi Special Forces, advised by Coalition troops, take on the Madhi Army in Sadr City. This is the one of the most intense firefights ever caught on film, and it explains why al Sadr has already begged for a truce. The overweight and/or underage dopes of the Madhi Army are no match for the increasingly lethal Iraqi forces. Prime Minister Maliki has the upper hand now. Listen for the GAU minigun ripping away at 50 rounds per second.
  • Aide to Iraq's Sadr: "No handover of arms"

    03/30/2008 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies · 1,145+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 Mar 2008 13:38:32 GMT | Source: Reuters
    NAJAF, Iraq, March 30 (Reuters) - Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will not hand over their weapons as part of a move to end a week of fighting in Iraq, a top Sadr aide said. The aide, Hazem al-Araji, also said that Sadr's followers had received a guarantee from the government that it would end "random arrests" of Sadr followers. "The weapons of the resistance will not be delivered to the Iraqi government," he told journalists at Sadr's office in the holy city of Najaf after distributing a statement from Sadr calling on followers to stop fighting. Sadr's statement...
  • Moqtada Sadr Orders Fighters Off Streets (Mookie Surrenders)

    03/30/2008 6:30:57 AM PDT · by MeanGreen2008 · 102 replies · 4,881+ views
    Baghdad, Iraq (AHN) - In a surprise move Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr on Sunday ordered his fighters off the streets of Basra and other cities in Iraq. Sadr said in a statement that his movement wanted the Iraqi people to stop the bloodshed and for Iraq to maintain its independence and stability. He had previously defied the Iraqi government's deadline to turn weapons in for cash. According to reports, it is unclear if all of Sadr's followers will comply with his order. According to reports, the United States has used ground troops in Basra.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Al-Sadr calls for an end to Shiite revolt in south Iraq. More soon..(Sadr, you lose!)

    03/30/2008 5:36:56 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 104 replies · 2,135+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/30/2008 | MSNBC
    BREAKING NEWS: Al-Sadr calls for an end to Shiite revolt in south Iraq. More soon ...
  • Sadr Says "Uncle"

    03/30/2008 8:15:25 AM PDT · by HD1200 · 29 replies · 1,281+ views
    Powerline ^ | 3/20/08
    Muqtada al-Sadr apparently has had enough; he's offered a "truce" if the Iraqi government will stop attacking his men. I'm not close enough to the situation to know whether it would be better to accept the truce or continue disabling Sadr's militia, but the proposal seems like a clear indication that things haven't gone as Sadr intended. This episode might prove to be, as President Bush suggested, a defining moment in Iraq's post-war history. The main knock on Maliki's government has been that it is a Shia instrument that has sometimes been infiltrated by radical Shia elements. Sunnis have often...
  • Mahdi Army taking significant casualties in Baghdad, South

    03/29/2008 9:03:51 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 81 replies · 3,036+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 29 March 2008 | Bill Roggio
    With the fifth day of fighting in Baghdad, Basrah and the South completed, the Mahdi Army has suffered major losses over the past 36 hours. The Mahdi Army has not faired well over the past five days of fighting, losing an estimated two percent of its combat power, using the best case estimate for the size of the militia. A look at the open source press reports from the US and Iraqi military and the established newspapers indicates 134 Mahdi Army fighters were killed, 81 were wounded, 98 were captured, and 30 surrendered during the past 36 hours. Since the...
  • al-Sadr: Goal of Mahdi Army is liberation of Iraq from American occupation and elimination of Sunnis

    03/29/2008 5:32:20 PM PDT · by harwood · 22 replies · 820+ views
    .."Sadr said that the task of the army in the future [is] to be soldiers of the [expected] Mahdi."
  • Al-Sadr: I Am in Control of Militia

    03/29/2008 4:16:08 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 37 replies · 1,178+ views
    AP ^ | 03/29/08 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A feisty Muqtada al-Sadr, making his first public appearance since May, said in a TV interview aired Saturday that he was in almost total control of the Mahdi Army and that the "liberation" of Iraq was his militia's chief goal. snip Al-Sadr is widely thought to be spending his time between Iran's holy city of Qom and Najaf, another holy Shiite city south of Baghdad. But nothing in the room where the interview took place offered a hint of his location. snip In the interview, al-Sadr said the militia's "strategic objective" was "the liberation of Iraq from...
  • Shiite leader al-Sadr defies Iraq gov't (orders followers to not surrender their weapons)

    03/29/2008 1:37:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 936+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/08 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers Saturday to defy government orders to surrender their weapons, as U.S. jets struck Shiite extremists near Basra to bolster a faltering Iraqi offensive against gunmen in the city. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki acknowledged he may have miscalculated by failing to foresee the strong backlash that his offensive, which began Tuesday, provoked in areas of Baghdad and other cities where Shiite militias wield power. Government television said the round-the-clock curfew imposed two days ago on the capital and due to expire Sunday would be extended indefinitely. The U.S. Embassy tightened...
  • 19 Tense Hours in Sadr City Alongside the Mahdi Army

    03/29/2008 4:32:03 AM PDT · by Flavius · 22 replies · 1,334+ views
    washington post ^ | March 29, 2008 | By Sudarsan Raghavan
    BAGHDAD, March 28 -- The gunfire struck like thunderclaps, building to a steady rhythm. American soldiers in a Stryker armored vehicle fired away from one end of the block. At the other end, two groups of Shiite militiamen pounded back with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. American helicopters circled above in the blue afternoon sky. As a heavy barrage erupted outside his parents' house, Abu Mustafa al-Thahabi, a political and military adviser to the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, rushed through the purple gate and took shelter behind the thick walls. He had just spoken with a...
  • US jets target Iraqi rebels

    03/28/2008 10:39:13 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies · 530+ views
    News Today ^ | Sat, 29 Mar, 2008,10:48 AM
    US forces stepped deeper into the Iraqi government's fight to cripple Shiite militias. It has launched air strikes in the southern city of Basra and firing a Hellfire missile in the main Shiite stronghold in Baghdad. . The American support occurred Friday as Iraqi troops struggled against strong resistance in Basra and retaliation elsewhere in Shiite areas - including more salvos of rockets or mortars into the US-protected Green Zone in Baghdad. It was the first time American jets have been called to attack militia positions since Iraqi ground forces launched an operation Tuesday to clear Basra of the armed...
  • U.S. troops engage in Sadr City offensive

    03/28/2008 8:17:28 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 36 replies · 1,012+ views
    BAGHDAD, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. military troops fought militia in Sadr City, the huge Shiite stronghold in Baghdad, while Iraqi forces held the area's outskirts, officials said. The clashes Thursday indicate U.S. forces were drawn more deeply into a broad offensive Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki undertook in the southern city of Basra earlier against rouge militias, The Washington Post reported Friday. The Mehdi Army of cleric Moqtada Sadr, a Shiite rival of Maliki, seems to have absorbed the brunt of the attacks in Basra, and fighting has spread to other southern cities and parts of Baghdad, the Post...
  • Green Zone target for Shiite militias

    03/27/2008 3:24:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 358+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/08 | Bradley Brooks - ap
    BAGHDAD - Warning sirens wail and within seconds rockets and mortars strike — sometimes one or two, other times 10 or more. The Green Zone is again a prime target as American and British diplomats, Iraqi politicians, contractors and others struggle to go about their business — always aware that any time they are outside the most fortified buildings there is a chance to be injured or killed. The danger has temporarily reshaped life: Green Zone traffic is minimal, few people venture out on the streets and security precautions — always high — have been boosted. Many diplomats and others...
  • Iraqi leader orders militias to surrender weapons amid heavy fighting

    03/26/2008 11:38:27 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 696+ views
    McClatchy/Yahoo ^ | 3-26-08 | Leila Fadel
    Amid heavy clashes between government forces and Shiite Muslim militants in Baghdad and the southern port city of Basra, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki issued an ultimatum Wednesday demanding that the militias surrender their weapons within 72 hours. Radical cleric Muqtada al Sadr , whose Mahdi Army militia is a prime target of the government offensive, responded by demanding that Maliki leave Basra. U.S. forces joined Iraqi troops in Baghdad to fight Mahdi Army militants, and police said that at least 20 people had been killed in the Sadr City neighborhood, a stronghold for Sadr's backers. The city's fortified...
  • Sadr Followers Shutter Stores, Plan Rallies

    03/25/2008 2:21:13 AM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 344+ views
    washington post ^ | 3/25/08 | By Sholnn Freeman
    BAGHDAD, March 24 -- Followers of influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr launched a civil strike Monday to protest raids and mass arrests by Iraq's security forces, underscoring the growing frustrations of Sadr's group, which U.S. military officials say is playing a key role in keeping down violence in Iraq. In some Baghdad neighborhoods, Sadrist leaders called on shopkeepers to shut their stores and for bus and taxi drivers to cease operations. Fadhil al-Bahadli, head of Sadr's office in the al-Amil district in southwest Baghdad, said followers were planning demonstrations over the next three days. "We want security and we want...
  • Iraq cleric's militia starts protest, shuts stores (using civil disobedience, flaming tyres)

    03/24/2008 12:41:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/08 | Ahmed Rasheed and Waleed Ibrahim
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia ordered shops to close in some Baghdad neighborhoods on Monday in what they said was the start of a "civil disobedience campaign." The show of force by the feared militia, which the U.S. military once called the greatest threat to peace in Iraq, alarmed residents, but leaders of Sadr's political bloc in parliament stressed that it was a peaceful protest. The militia has kept a low profile since Sadr called a ceasefire last August and extended it last month, a move U.S. commanders say has helped to sharply reduce...
  • Sadr admits failure in Iraq

    03/20/2008 6:42:56 PM PDT · by jdm · 26 replies · 1,361+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 20, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    When Moqtada al-Sadr extended his cease-fire in Iraq last month, many wondered what he had in mind. Did he intend to bide his time, purge his movement of dissenters, or simply withdraw from public life to study Islam in Iran? Almost two weeks ago, Sadr himself provided an answer. He failed: “I have failed to liberate Iraq, and transform its society into an Islamic society.” – Moqtada al-Sadr, Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, March 8, 2008Moqtada al-Sadr — the radical cleric dubbed “The Most Dangerous Man in Iraq” by a Newsweek cover story in December 2006 — has just unilaterally extended...
  • Sadr takes break from politics, cites failures

    03/08/2008 10:50:00 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 65 replies · 2,643+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-08-08 | Liz Sly
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's elusive Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr has decided to drop out of politics for the time being because his disillusionment with the political scene in Iraq has left him sick and anxious, he said in an unusually personal letter to his followers released Friday. In a written response to a query from a group of followers asking why he hadn't been seen in public for so long, Sadr said he had decided to devote himself to a period of study, reflection and prayer after failing in his core mission to rid Iraq of the U.S. occupation or to...
  • Iraq to ‘swim in lake of blood’ if Sadr killed

    03/06/2008 12:41:07 AM PST · by ari-freedom · 38 replies · 306+ views
    Azzaman ^ | February 27, 2008 | Nidhal al-Laithi
    A leading figure in the movement led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the group would not pardon anyone if their leader is harmed. “In the event Sadr is harmed, Iraqi will them swim in a lake of blood,” warned Sheikh Sadeq al-Hasnawi. Hasnawi is one of the top officials leading the movement in Sadr’s absence. He said the cleric was currently in Iran “studying and mediating” in the religious city of Qom which is the Iranian equivalent of Iraq’s holy city of Najaf where Shiite clerics are educated and trained. Hasnawi made the remarks in response to unconfirmed reports...
  • Muqtada Al-Sadr Comatose In Iranian Hospital

    03/05/2008 11:43:58 PM PST · by stickman20089 · 251 replies · 1,627+ views
    Shi'ite cleric and leader Muqtada Al-Sadr was secretly transferred a few days ago from Iraq to Iran for hospitalization as he was comatose. It was reported that his illness resulted from food poisoning. Al-Sadr is being treated by Iranian specialists, as well as by Russian doctors brought in to help the Iranian medical staff treat him.
  • Radical Shiite Cleric al-Sadr Announces Cease-Fire Extension

    02/22/2008 5:01:25 AM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies · 162+ views
    fox news ^ | 2/22/2008 | fox news
    BAGHDAD — Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite Mahdi Army by another six months, giving Iraq a chance to continue its fragile recovery from brutal sectarian violence. His message was delivered by Shiite clerics during prayer services in mosques dominated by followers of the black-turbaned cleric. "According to an order by Sayyid Muqtada, activities of the Mahdi Army will be suspended ... for another six month period," al-Sadr's aide Hazim al-Aaraji said, using an honorific for al-Sadr during his sermon at the Kazimiyah mosque in Baghdad. Al-Sadr's decision to halt...
  • Al-Sadr Threatens to Lift Cease-Fire

    02/20/2008 1:39:43 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 236+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Feb 20, 2008 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD (AP) - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has threatened to lift by the end of the week a six-month cease-fire widely credited with helping reduce violence in Iraq, officials said Wednesday. Sheik Salah al-Obeidi, a spokesman for al-Sadr in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, said that if the cleric failed to issue a statement by Saturday saying that the cease-fire was extended "then that means the freeze is over." The cease fire was declared in August and due to expire at this month's end. Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army is among the most powerful militias in Iraq. The crux of...
  • Sadrists Say CBS Journalists to Be Freed

    02/13/2008 1:44:10 AM PST · by philly-d-kidder · 25 replies · 135+ views
    <p>A deal has been reached with kidnappers for the release of two CBS journalists, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office in Basra said Wednesday.</p>
  • US Captures Militia Leader With Iran Ties

    02/12/2008 7:17:30 AM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 122+ views
    ABC News/AP ^ | February 11, 2008
    US Captures Militia Leader With Iran Ties February 11, 2008 The Associated Press Lauren Frayer U.S. soldiers captured a suspected Shiite militia commander and one other suspect Monday, the latest of several days of raids in Shiite holy cities south of Baghdad. The arrests came a day after car bombs and gunmen struck new U.S. allies, police and civilians in northern Iraq, killing as many as 53 people in a spasm of violence that coincided with a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Baghdad. The main suspect detained Monday is believed to be in charge of criminal operations...
  • Pressure mounts on Sadr to end truce

    02/06/2008 4:56:02 PM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 65+ views
    arab times ^ | 2/5/08 | kuwait
    NAJAF, Iraq (Agencies): Influential members within the movement loyal to Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have told him they do not want his Mehdi Army militia to extend a ceasefire when it expires this month, Sadr’s spokesman said on Monday. The US military says the Shi’ite cleric’s announcement on Aug. 29 to freeze the activities of the feared Mehdi Army for six months has been vital to cutting violence. A return to hostilities could seriously jeopardise those security gains. Sadr has been gauging the mood among senior figures and five main committees had reported back with their views on the truce,...
  • The 'Manchurian Mullah'

    02/04/2008 6:41:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 149+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 01, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The 'Manchurian Mullah' February 01, 2008 New York Post Amir Taheri AS the "student" arrives in a bulletproof limousine with heavily armed guards, his teachers, ignoring that he's two hours late, greet him deferentially. The scene takes place at the Shiite seminary in Qom, Iran's holy city. The 35-year-old "student": Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, a militia often deemed one of Iran's chief assets in Iraq. Sadr has spent much of the last 10 months in Iran, living in a 14-bedroom villa in Tehran's posh Farmanieh neighborhood. From there, he travels 90 minutes to Qom twice a week,...
  • Coalition forces capture Special Groups leader, 11 detained

    12/11/2007 11:26:36 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 23 replies · 370+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | 12/11/2007 | PRESS DESK
    Coalition forces capture Special Groups leader, 11 detained (Baghdad) Tuesday, 11 December 2007 MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQPRESS DESKBAGHDAD, Iraqhttp://www.mnf-iraq.com703.343.8790    Press Release A071211bDecember 11, 2007Coalition forces capture Special Groups leader, 11 detainedBAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces captured a suspected Special Groups criminal element leader and detained ten other suspects during operations early Tuesday in the Baghdad area. The targeted individual reportedly supervised criminal splinter group trainers throughout Iraq. He allegedly coordinated the explosively formed penetrator, improvised explosive device, operational security and computer security training of numerous criminals, and was personally responsible for paying each trainer every month. He also reportedly directed his cell to...
  • Sadrist leader dies of wounds (wide-scale arrest campaign against Al Sadr's group)

    11/19/2007 12:12:49 PM PST · by Wiz · 38 replies · 45+ views
    A leader of the Sadrist movement, or Iraqis loyal to Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr, died of wounds sustained during his arrest by police forces in Diwaniya last month, a media source from al-Sadr's office in the province said on Saturday. "On Saturday morning, Sadrist leader Abbas al-Gharabawi died in Diwaniya's General Hospital of wounds sustained during his arrest by emergency police forces in Afak city last month," Abu Zeinab al-Karaawi told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
  • British officials hold talks with Mahdi army

    11/18/2007 2:49:29 AM PST · by Wiz · 11 replies · 96+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 2007 Nov 17 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The British commander in southern Iraq confirmed yesterday that UK officials have been holding talks with supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army in the hope they would be drawn into the political process. Major General Graham Binns said the security situation in Basra province - to be handed over to Iraqi forces next month - was improving and attacks against British and Iraqi forces had fallen by 90% since British troops withdrew from their last base in the centre of the city in September. Confirming the talks with the Mahdi army, first reported in the Guardian, Binns...
  • Gen. Petraeus Meets With Al-Sadr Deputies

    11/12/2007 9:48:12 AM PST · by Daus · 57 replies · 61+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2007 | NA
    Digg This! WASHINGTON —  Top U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus has met with representatives of Muqtada al-Sadr, once one of the top enemies fueling the insurgency against the elected Iraqi government, FOX News has confirmed. The general has not met personally with al-Sadr, the military said, but the meetings come as the Pentagon is softening its approach to the firebrand Shiite leader who recently eased his hard-line stance with a ceasefire call last August.
  • Sadr Capitulates?

    10/06/2007 6:10:56 PM PDT · by jdm · 60 replies · 1,915+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 06, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Moqtada al-Sadr has signed an agreement with his Shi'ite rivals in southern Iraq to end all hostilities between them. The Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, which recently signed a peace agreement with the central government and the Kurds, has now managed to put Sadr into its coalition, ending years of conflict between the Mahdi Army and the Badr Brigades: Two of Iraq's most influential Shia leaders have signed a deal to try to end violence between their groups. Radical cleric Moqtada Sadr and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, have been locked in a bitter dispute...
  • Aides: Al-Sadr Wants to Heal Shiite Rift

    09/02/2007 1:04:08 PM PDT · by james500 · 4 replies · 305+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 2:38 PM EDT, September 2, 2007 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    Muqtada al-Sadr's surprise decision to stand down his Mahdi Army for up to six months was designed to stop a Shiite-Shiite rift from spiraling out of control and to weed out infiltrators in his militia's ranks, according to aides of the radical Shiite cleric. Al-Sadr issued his surprise declaration last Wednesday following two days of deadly clashes in the holy city of Karbala between his Mahdi Army and the rival Badr militia of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, the country's largest Shiite party and a U.S. partner. Involvement in inter-Shiite fighting has hurt the image of al-Sadr and his Mahdi...
  • Iraqi Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Suspends Mahdi Army Activities

    08/29/2007 7:04:54 AM PDT · by jveritas · 147 replies · 5,096+ views
    Foxnews ^ | August 29 2007 | Foxnews
    Wednesday, August 29, 2007 BAGHDAD — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday. The aide, Sheik Hazim al-Araji, said on Iraqi state television that the goal was to "rehabilitate" the organization, which has reportedly broken into factions, some of which the U.S. maintains are trained and supplied by Iran. "We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological...
  • Al-Sadr suspends militia activity in Iraq (to reorganize & regroup)

    08/29/2007 7:29:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 565+ views
    Al-Sadr suspends militia activity in Iraq By DAVID RISING, Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday. The aide, Sheik Hazim al-Araji, said on Iraqi state television that the goal was to "rehabilitate" the organization, which has reportedly broken into factions, some of which the U.S. maintains are trained and supplied by Iran. "We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it...
  • Shiite militia grows bolder in Iraq

    08/11/2007 7:23:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 570+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/07 | Lauren Frayer - ap
    BAGHDAD - A Muslim imam dropped his cloak to the sidewalk. It was a signal for the gunmen to move. They surrounded the top Iraqi security official in a north Baghdad district. Iraqi military vehicles — commandeered by other Shiite militiamen — screeched into a cordon, blocking his exit. A gun was put to his head. Brig. Gen. Falah Hassan Kanbar, a fellow Shiite, managed to escape when his bodyguards pulled him into a vehicle that sped down an alley. Details of the Aug. 5 ambush emerged this week in interviews with Kanbar, U.S. military and intelligence officials. It remains...
  • U.S. commander says Iraqi cleric Sadr in Iran

    08/10/2007 2:18:45 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 675+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | Aug 10, 2007
    U.S. commander says Iraqi cleric Sadr in Iran Aug 10, 2007 Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is in Iran and not in complete control of the militia that owe allegiance to him, the U.S. commander in Sadr's main stronghold in Baghdad said on Friday. "I think he is now in Iran so just based on his location that implies that some of his control is not direct," Colonel John Castles said in a video conference from Baghdad with journalists in Washington. Castles is in command of U.S. forces responsible for Sadr City, the vast Shi'ite slum named for Sadr's...
  • Iraqi arrested at Twin Cities airport indicted (Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh Update)

    07/29/2004 1:36:12 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies · 1,001+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 7/29/04 | David Chanen
    An Iraqi man arrested this month at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for immigration law violations was charged Wednesday with lying to authorities about his travels outside the United States and about anti-American material he was carrying. When Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh, 40, arrived at the airport on a flight from Amsterdam July 7, he told customs officers he had been out of the country for one month and had traveled to Syria, court documents said. But he actually had been gone for five months and had visited Iraq. He told officers that his digital video discs with images of...
  • Iraqi security forces & U.S. advisors battle Mahdi Army in Karbala

    07/28/2007 10:08:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 564+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | July 27, 2007 3:57 PM | Bill Roggio
    Karbala raid leads to pitched battle; five more members of Iranian-backed cells captured in separate raids While al Qaeda in Iraq has been identified as the primary enemy by the U.S. military leadership in Iraq, Coalition and Iraq security forces have aggressively pursued the Iranian-backed "rogue" elements of the Mahdi Army and the Special Groups. Over the past two days, Iraqi security forces, backed by U.S. Special Forces advisors, conducted two raids against the Shia terror groups in Karbala and Baghdad, while another Coalition-led raid occurred in Diyala province. The Karbala raid sparked a large firefight, which resulted in 17...
  • BBC: US troops battle Kerbala militia (Iraqi Troops involved also )

    07/27/2007 8:27:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 698+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 27 July 2007, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK | BBC Staff
    US troops battle Kerbala militia The US military usually stays out of the holy city of Kerbala Clashes between Shia militiamen and a joint US-Iraqi force have left nine people dead in an Iraqi holy city.Around 23 people were wounded in the fighting in Kerbala as US and Iraqi troops carried out a pre-dawn raid. Shooting began as the US-Iraqi force moved in to arrest figures from the Mehdi Army, which is loyal to the radical cleric Moqtada Sadr. South-central Iraq has been riven by battles between rival Shia militias and US and Iraqi forces in recent months. Several...
  • US Congressmen Not the Only Leaders Running From General Petraeus

    07/09/2007 6:45:48 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 43 replies · 1,499+ views
    Redstate.com ^ | 9 July 07 | .cnI redruM
    The drumbeat dirge of defeatist diatribe pounds on loudly, as the humid torpor of summer descends on The District of Columbia. Everyone there believes we have no hope of winning Iraq. At least we have no hope of winning their in time to make this issue conveniently go away between now and the next election. As a result, Congress now wants to wash its hands of Mr. Bush’s War. The national media fully supports an immediate pullout, without serious regard for the consequent slaughter that would break loose in the aftermath of our shameful retreat. The New York Times editorial...
  • BBC: Sadr attacks Iraq PM in Shia rift ( US Military says Sadr is in Iran )

    07/08/2007 8:44:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 607+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 8 July 2007, 19:57 GMT 20:57 UK | BBC Staff
    Sadr attacks Iraq PM in Shia rift Moqtada Sadr (left) and Nouri Maliki used to be allies Iraqi Shia leaders linked to the radical cleric, Moqtada Sadr, have attacked their former government ally, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.They accused Mr Maliki of bowing to US demands and sanctioning US attacks on Mr Sadr's Mehdi Army militia. Mr Maliki has said the militia must purge its ranks of criminals. Dozens of people have died in recent fighting between Iraqi forces and Mehdi Army militiamen, amid signs of a growing rift between the Shia groups. In April, six cabinet ministers loyal to...
  • Sadr Bites the Hand That Feeds Him

    06/23/2007 8:25:08 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 5 replies · 584+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 6/23/07 | Mohammed Fadhil
    Moqtada al-Sadr has recently accused Iran of assisting Al-Qaeda. Could this be the latest signs of a breakup between the Shia cleric and his allies across the border? In our last post at ITM we briefly mentioned a statement in which Sadr’s office accused Iran of hosting and assisting al-Qaeda, today I’ll talk about that statement in more detail. The claim itself is not strange. What’s strange is whom it came from. Sadr was the last voice we’d expect to say such a thing. Accusing Iran of interfering in Iraq’s affairs is one thing, but accusing it of hosting and...