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  • Iraq: Cleric urges 'revenge operations' over Gaza (Muqtada al-Sadr)

    01/07/2009 10:13:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 699+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/07/09 | AP
    NAJAF, Iraq – Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on the Iraqi resistance Wednesday to stage "revenge operations" against American forces to protest Israel's Gaza offensive. The statement issued by his office in the Shiite holy city of Najaf came as criticism is mounting over civilian deaths in Gaza. The State Department dismissed al-Sadr's calls, describing them as "outrageous."
  • A US Withdrawal Deal with Sadr?

    08/08/2008 6:12:50 PM PDT · by flyfree · 30 replies · 189+ views
    time ^ | Aug. 08, 2008 | MARK KUKIS
    Shi'ite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr stepped back into Iraq's political fray Friday with an offer that (if genuine) Washington would be hard-pressed to refuse: Set a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and the Mahdi Army will begin to disband. "The main reason for the armed resistance is the American military presence," said Sadr emissary Salah al-Ubaidi, who spoke to reporters in Najaf Friday. "If the American military begins to withdrawal, there will be no need for these armed groups." Sadr in the past has vowed to expand the humanitarian work of his movement but promised to maintain...
  • 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...
  • Sadr's movement pulls out of Iraq alliance

    09/15/2007 8:10:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 641+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/07 | Dominic Evans and Waleed Ibrahim
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The political movement loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr quit Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance on Saturday, leaving Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition in a precarious position in parliament. The move further weakens the ruling coalition, which even before the defection had failed to push through laws aimed at reconciling Iraq's warring majority Shi'ite and minority Sunni Arabs. Maliki's government now enjoys the support of only about half of Iraq's 275 lawmakers, although it could survive with the support of a handful of independent lawmakers. "The political committee has declared the withdrawal of the Sadr bloc from the...
  • 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...
  • 5 killed after U.S. raid in Sadr City

    05/26/2007 3:00:02 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 42 replies · 1,570+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 5/26/07 | sinan salheddin
    BAGHDAD - A day after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced to end nearly four months in hiding and demand U.S. troops leave Iraq, American forces raided his Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes Saturday. U.S. and Iraqi forces called in the air strikes after a raid in which they captured a "suspected terrorist cell leader," the U.S. military said in statement. The statement claimed the captured man was "the suspected leader in a secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to...
  • Suicide blast kills 13 in al-Sadr's area

    02/21/2007 11:46:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 557+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/07 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint Wednesday in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing at 13 people in the spiritual heartland of the militia factions led by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. U.S. forces, meanwhile, investigated the "hard landing" of a Black Hawk helicopter north of Baghdad. Military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the airmen were picked up by rescuers, but gave no further details. At least seven U.S. helicopters have crashed or been forced down by hostile fire in the past month, killing 28 troops and civilians. Meanwhile, Britain outlined its plan to...
  • Al-Sadr looks to lie low, outlast U.S.

    02/10/2007 12:28:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 1,092+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/07 | Hamza Hendawi - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Their rhetoric is still stridently anti-American, but Mahdi Army militiamen are tucking away their weapons and blending into civilian life. Their leaders are keeping out of sight. In the streets of Sadr City, the strategy of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite militia leader, is clear: Lie low, avoid a showdown and hope to emerge even stronger after the Americans leave. Gathered for prayers this week, at least 10,000 al-Sadr supporters raised clenched fists and chanted "No, No to America." Later, a black-turbaned cleric addressed them, dressed in a white shroud to signal readiness for martyrdom. "They claim that...
  • Political Alliance seeks to oust Iraq's al-Maliki

    12/12/2006 1:22:34 AM PST · by cookcounty · 42 replies · 1,137+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | December 11,2006 | Hamza Hendawi
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Major partners in Iraq's governing coalition are in behind-the-scenes talks to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid discontent over his failure to quell raging violence, according to lawmakers involved. The talks are aimed at forming a new parliamentary bloc that would seek to replace the current government and that would likely exclude supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is a vehement opponent of the U.S. military presence. The new alliance would be led by senior Shiite politician Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who met with President Bush last week. Al-Hakim, however, was not expected to be the...
  • Worries grow with expansion of Al-Sadr's army

    12/07/2006 6:37:54 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 64 replies · 1,263+ views
    AP ^ | December 7 2006
    The Iraq Study Group says the private army of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr could be 60-thousand fighters strong. Al-Sadr's Mahdi army is one of the concerns highlighted in the Iraq Study Group's report, released yesterday. It's one of many factions undermining U-S efforts to help Iraq's democracy gain control. The study group says many of al-Sadr's followers are planted throughout the security forces that protect Iraqi government institutions. And more worrisome than their numbers, which stood at ten-thousand in 2005, is al-Sadr's organizational ability. One terrorism expert says cell phones, Internet communications and other technology gives the Mahdi army an...
  • Health minister: 7 Iraqi guards arrested

    08/13/2006 12:01:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 572+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/12/06 | Qais Al-Bashir - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's health minister, who is aligned to a powerful Shiite militia, claimed Sunday that U.S. forces arrested seven of his personal guards in a surprise pre-dawn raid on his office. The reason for the alleged arrests was unclear. Health minister Ali al-Shemari said the soldiers arrived at 3 a.m. Sunday, broke open doors inside the building leading to his office and hauled away the seven men, who were posted there as night guards. U.S. officials did not immediately respond to the claim. "There was no legal warrant, there was no prior warning to the ministry, there was...
  • Analysis: Firebrand cleric more cautious - Muqtada al-Sadr

    08/07/2006 10:18:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 7,788+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/7/06 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces strike the Baghdad base of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — but his gunmen hold their fire. U.S. soldiers kill 15 of al-Sadr's followers, drawing little more than a few perfunctory complaints. That's a dramatic departure in style for the youthful firebrand, who launched two major uprisings against the American-led coalition two years ago when U.S. authorities closed his newspaper and pushed an Iraqi judge into issuing an arrest warrant against him. If anything, al-Sadr is more powerful today than he was then. But that power is also a restraint: al-Sadr has more...
  • Mahdi Army patrols Shiite neighborhoods

    07/13/2006 2:45:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/06 | Bassem Mroue - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - As a car enters the Shiite district of Sadr City, a group of men step from the curb and flag down the vehicle. "Who are you and where are you going?" one of them demands. All is well after passengers produce papers, not from the government but from the office of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. "We are sorry," one man says. "May God be with you." Al-Sadr's militia, the Mahdi Army, keeps a sharp eye out for strangers in the teeming Baghdad district, home to 2.5 million people, as well as other Shiite areas across the...
  • Sunnis complain religious leader detained (3 of Muqtada's Mahdi Army bite it as well)

    06/24/2006 9:27:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 554+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sunni groups complained Saturday that one of their top religious leaders was detained by American troops in Tikrit for several hours, while the U.S. military said three soldiers from the same division were killed in separate incidents. The deaths of the three soldiers from the Multi-National Division in Baghdad raised to 15 the number of U.S. servicemembers who were killed or were found dead this past week. One soldier was killed Saturday and the other two Friday. A soldier was killed Saturday by a bomb during a foot patrol south of Baghdad. On Friday, one soldier was...
  • At least 18 members of Mehdi militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr killed...

    03/26/2006 11:16:30 AM PST · by StatenIsland · 26 replies · 1,041+ views
    CNN - News Alert ^ | 03/26/06 | CNN clashes with U.S. military in Baghdad, Iraqi police say.
  • Zarqawi Backtracking on earlier threats... (Surpirse! Saadr gets 'immunity'!)

    09/20/2005 3:48:44 PM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 2 replies · 157+ views
    Iraq The Model ^ | Tuesday, September 20, 2005 | Omar
    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 Zarqawi let goes part of his pride and retracts part of his the threats against Iraqis (especially the Sheat). Al-Arabiya TV reported that Al-Qaeda in Iraq-through the same website they used to declare war on Sheat-has excluded a few Sheat groups from the hit list and this-in my opinion- proves that Al-Qaeda's war is political in nature and not religious at all. This war is targeting anyone and anything that can move the democratic process forward as we said in a previous post. The updated announcement excluded Sheat groups led by: 1-Mahmood Al-Hasani (a firebrand cleric...
  • Radical Iraqi Cleric Moves Into Mainstream

    06/04/2005 11:15:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 467+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/05 | Hamza Hendawi - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Arguably Iraq's most popular Shiite group, followers of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have packed away their guns and now speak of "political resistance" rather than martyrdom in battle. Once dismissed as an upstart, the portly al-Sadr has been transformed into a respectable political figure, commanding the loyalty of key lawmakers and several Cabinet ministers. "We are growing stronger and our appeal is becoming wider," Ibrahim al-Jaberi, a senior official at al-Sadr's office in Sadr City, said Saturday. Sadr City is a sprawling Baghdad neighborhood that is home to some 2.5 million Shiites and the largest bastion of...
  • Muqtada al-Sadr & Ahmad Chalabi meet to defuse tension

    05/24/2005 12:21:08 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 9 replies · 539+ views
    Yahoo photos ^ | 5-24-05 | AP
    Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, left, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi speak after a meeting in Najaf 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The meeting with Muqtada al-Sadr sought to defuse tension between Sunnis and majority Shiites after a recent series of sectarian killings. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)Iraqi Shi'ite leaders Moqtada al-Sadr (L), Ahmad Chalabi (C) and Abdel Karim Mahoud talk to reporters after meeting in the holy city of Najaf May 24, 2005. Chalabi and Mahoud travelled to Najaf from Baghdad for a briefing from Sadr on his attempts to mediate between...
  • Picnic is no party in new Basra

    03/28/2005 11:07:03 PM PST · by Wiz · 15 replies · 404+ views
    Washington Post via MSNBC ^ | 2005 Mar 28 | Anthony Shadid
    BASRA, Iraq, March 28 - Celia Garabet thought students were roughhousing. Sinan Saeed was sure a fight had erupted. Within a few minutes, on a sunny day at a riverside park, they realized something different was afoot. A group of Shiite Muslim militiamen with rifles, pistols, thick wire cables and sticks had charged into crowds of hundreds at a college picnic. They fired shots, beat students and hauled some of them away in pickup trucks. The transgressions: men dancing and singing, music playing and couples mixing. That melee on March 15 and its fallout have redrawn the debate that has...
  • Understanding Muqtada al-Sadr

    11/29/2004 5:20:46 PM PST · by stevejackson · 4 replies · 521+ views ^ | 11/29/04 | Nimrod Raphaeli
    When U.S. forces rolled through Iraq in March and April 2003, most Shi‘ites greeted them as liberators. But, the demise of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq unleashed an array of forces that had been dormant or suppressed for more than three decades. From almost total political marginalization, the Iraqi Shi‘ites found themselves at the center of political power. While some political parties such as Da'wa and the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq participated in the U.S.-sponsored political process, it was not long before U.S. forces became aware of a new force among the Shi‘ites.Muqtada al-Sadr, a young cleric...
  • Where is Muqtada Now?

    09/01/2004 10:34:41 AM PDT · by forty_years · 7 replies · 669+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | September 1, 2004 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    So where is Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mehdi Army now? After taking serious losses against American and Iraqi forces and cynically hiding behind Shiite Islam’s most holy shrine in Najaf, these cowards have melted back into Iraqi society. Or have they? There are many questions to be answered regarding al-Sadr’s future, as he most certainly will oppose the growth of democracy in Iraq. Will al-Sadr and his thugs be held accountable for the violent crimes they committed in Najaf? During their reign of terror, they apparently held a kangaroo court. After Iraq’s top Shiite, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, pressured al-Sadr to...
  • Al-Sadr to Disband Militia, Leave Imam Ali Mosque

    08/18/2004 9:30:29 AM PDT · by stevejackson · 84 replies · 5,615+ views ^ | August 18, 2004 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    BREAKING NEWS: al-Sadr to Disband Militia, Leave Imam Ali Mosque By Andrew L. Jaffee, August 18, 2004 Home   Search   Forum   Terms Threatened with an imminent raid of the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf by Iraqi forces, radical Islamist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has agreed to disband his militia, vacate the mosque, and "enter into the mainstream political process." Pressure has been building against al-Sadr for quite some time now. The power-hungry cleric has been stirring up trouble in Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad since early April. On May 21, over 2,000 Iraqis held a demonstration in the city of Karbala insisting that al-Sadr and...
  • U.S. tanks near Najaf shrine; delegates seek end to fighting

    08/16/2004 9:04:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,184+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/16/04 | Abdul Hussein el-Obeidi - AP
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) - U.S. tanks rolled into the Old City of Najaf toward a holy Shiite shrine where militants were hiding Monday as participants at a national conference voted to send a delegation here to try to negotiate an end to the fighting. The city, which had been quiet early Monday, was hit by series of explosions in the late morning that shook the vast cemetery, the scene of many battles between U.S. forces and militants. Witnesses also reported U.S. tanks had moved to within 500 yards of the revered Imam Ali Shrine. "We are proceeding with our operations....
  • Fight to the finish in Najaf

    08/13/2004 7:43:57 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 55 replies · 1,851+ views
    From The Economist Global Agenda ^ | Aug 12th 2004 | From The Economist Global Agenda
    American marines backed up by Iraqi troops seem to have launched a promised final assault on the Shia militiamen holed up in Najaf. The operation risks triggering an angry reaction across Iraq and beyond—but pulling back now might be just as risky THOUSANDS of American marines and Iraqi troops, backed by aircraft and tanks, launched an intense attack on Shia militiamen in the holy city of Najaf on Thursday August 12th—a day after the marines' commander in the city, Colonel Anthony Haslam, had said his men were going to “finish this fight that the Muqtada militia started”. Last week, the...
  • Update from Iraq (blog)

    08/13/2004 6:04:00 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 359+ views
    IRAQ THE MODEL ^ | 8/13/04 | Omar
    IRAQ THE MODEL Friday, August 13, 2004 It’s rather quite here in Baghdad this morning and reports from Najaf say that it’s similar there. Iraqi official said that tens of the militia men who were arrested in Najaf were not Iraqis and that some of them do not even speak Arabic. The Iraqi government seems determined to keep up the fight until the "Mahdi Army" surrender although some She’at parties are trying diplomatic ways. At the same time there are conflicting signals coming from Muqtada and his deputies. Iraqi Interior minister said that The "Mahdi Army" have fired 110 rockets...
  • Iraq Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. U.S.

    08/09/2004 8:32:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,467+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/04 | Abdul Hussein el-Obeidi - AP
    NAJAF, Iraq - A radical cleric whose loyalists battled U.S. troops for the fifth straight day Monday vowed to continue fighting and said he would not to budge from the holy city of Najaf, despite government demands that he and his fighters lay down their weapons. The violence, which raged throughout Shiite areas for a fifth day Monday, forced oil officials to stop pumping from Iraq (news - web sites)'s key southern oil fields, which account for about 1.8 million barrels per day, or 90 percent of Iraq's exports, an official with the South Oil Company said on condition of...
  • Heavy U.S. air strikes batter Iraqi holy city

    08/06/2004 9:59:19 PM PDT · by familyop · 61 replies · 1,088+ views
    NAJAF, Iraq - U.S. helicopter gunships and fighter jets pounded Shiite Muslim insurgents hiding in a sprawling cemetery yesterday in the most intense fighting in this holy city since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The U.S. military said 300 militants were killed in the past two days. The clashes between coalition forces and militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army flared in Shiite communities across the country, killing dozens of other Iraqis, according to Iraqi officials and the militants. The fighting, which began early Thursday, threatened to re-ignite the bloody, two-month Shiite insurrection that broke out in April - and...
  • "Kerry's REAL Band of Brothers" CARTOON

    07/25/2004 1:07:20 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 44 replies · 2,409+ views ^ | 7/25/2004 | IPWGOP
    Kerry's true "Band of Brothers" are not his fellow Vietnam veterans. They are the those who would weaken America... the internationalists... the terrorists who would blame us for 'intervening.' The true friends of Kerry are all of those who want us to feel guilty for the fact that America is an exceptional nation, filled with individuals whose freedoms enable us to rise constantly higher.
  • Trying to balance the factions

    07/22/2004 11:32:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 454+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jul 22nd 2004 | Reuters
    A series of truces agreed on last month, encompassing Mr Sadr's stronghold in al-Thoura, Baghdad's eastern slum, as well as the Shia holy cities and other towns further south, are still holding. His own home turf in the capital has been more peaceful than it has been for months. Former fighters are now being paid to collect rubbish, plant trees, direct traffic and help the Iraqi police. The new government has promised to pay for a new sewage system so that the slum detritus will no longer flow past Baghdad's grimmest tenements. Outside the city, the clergy behind Mr...
  • The Enemy Has Something In Store For April 9. What Could It Be?

    04/06/2004 10:42:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies · 346+ views
    Healing Iraq | 4/7/04 | zeyad
    Healing Iraq Daily news and comments on the situation in post Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi dentist Wednesday, April 07, 2004 More on Sadr's insurgency Sadr's aide and head of his office in Najaf, Qays Al-Khaz'ali, has declared the latest looting and killing spree going on in several Iraqi southern cities as an Intifada against the occupation. Speaking on behalf of Muqtada, he stated that they will certainly not calm down any soon because the Quran orders them not to; "Fight those who fight against you". And he has also made it clear that they stand united with their 'Sunni...
  • Rival Shiite Factions Clash in Iraqi City

    10/14/2003 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 13 replies · 82+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/15/03 | Karl Vick and Vernon Loeb
    KARBALA, Iraq, Oct. 14 -- Rival Shiite Muslim groups exchanged gunfire overnight in this Shiite holy city, the first serious armed clash between Shiite factions since the Iraq war, and the top U.S. commander in Iraq warned Tuesday that American forces may soon have to move against one of the factions. Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez said armed followers of Moqtada Sadr, a young Shiite cleric who has loudly opposed the presence of foreign troops in Iraq, have been regarded for months as an evolving threat to U.S.-led forces. Last week, in what American commanders described as an ambush, Sadr's...