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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...