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  • Iraqi militia vows to attack U.S. interests if Syria hit

    08/31/2013 3:21:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 30, 2013
    An Iraqi Shi'ite militia group said on Friday it would attack U.S. interests in Iraq and the region if Washington carries out a military strike on Syria. President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States was still in the planning process for a response to the chemical weapons use in Syria. "All their interests and facilities in Iraq and the region will be targeted by our militants if the United States insists on attacking Syria," a spokesman for the Iraqi militia group al-Nujaba'a told Reuters by telephone, without giving details. Al-Nujaba'a is an umbrella group which includes Iraqi Shi'ite...
  • Muqtada al-Sadr and Iran Use “Soft Power” to Pursue Objectives in Iraq

    02/05/2011 12:54:34 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The return of Muqtada al-Sadr to Iraq after more than three years of self-imposed exile and his unexpected January 21 departure for Iran only two weeks later have provoked speculation over the security implications of his activities in Iraq and his precise relations with Iran (Fars News Agency, January 22; Gulf News January 21; Tehran Times, January 23). In light of a recent series of terrorist attacks in the shrine-city of Karbala during the Arbain religious festival (marking the passage of 40 days after the anniversary of the death of Imam Hussein), al-Sadr’s departure has raised concerns about the Sadrist...
  • 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...
  • The In T View: Hayder Al-Khoei: I Believe Muqtada al-Sadr Ordered My Father's Murder

    05/06/2008 8:54:51 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 2 replies · 74+ views
    Iraqi Bloggers Central ^ | Monday, May 05, 2008 | Mister Ghost
    MG: Who do you believe murdered your father and why do you think he was killed? Hayder Al-Khoei: I believe it was Moqtada al-Sadr who ordered the murder. My grandfather did not accept Moqtada's father as a Grand Ayatollah and was attacked (verbally) many times by the senior al-Sadr and his followers. Ever since my father left Iraq he was seen as a traitor by them who left the Iraqis to suffer while living a life of luxury in London. My father was older and had more religious credentials than Moqtada and was a natural rival.
  • Mahdi Army Fades Away

    04/29/2008 4:58:34 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 426+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 4/28/08
    After a month of fighting, the Mahdi Army has disappeared from the streets of Basra, the largest city in the south. The army and police are everywhere, and people are providing information on where Mahdi Army personnel are hiding out, and the locations of their weapons caches. Up north, in the Sadr City section of east Baghdad, the Mahdi Army is still fighting hard. But the army and police have the upper hand, and are pushing the Shia militiamen back block by block. Mahdi Army leader Muqtada al Sadr has responded by threatening to order his men to go after...
  • Analysis: Iraqis' Basra fight not going well (and let the MSM enemy propaganda begin)

    03/28/2008 4:52:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies · 577+ views
    cnn ^ | 3/28/2008 | Barbara (not a) Starr
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Iraqi military push into the southern city of Basra is not going as well as American officials had hoped, despite President Bush's high praise for the operation, several U.S. officials said Friday. A closely held U.S. military intelligence analysis of the fighting in Basra shows that Iraqi security forces control less than a quarter of the city, according to officials in both the United States and Iraq, and Basra's police units are deeply infiltrated by members of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army. "This is going to go on for a while," one U.S. military...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • Embedded With the Enemy?

    10/25/2007 11:35:29 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 47+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 25, 2007 | Bethany Stotts
    Embedded With the Enemy? by: Bethany Stotts, October 25, 2007 The new art exhibit, “Unembedded”—a photojournalists’ account of the Iraq War—has been featured at several prestigious universities amid widespread applause as to its self-described “nuanced view of the civilian instability and increased violence in Iraq that has followed the US-led invasion in 2003.” A very popular University-sponsored exhibit since its January 2006 New York debut, the collection has been displayed at the University of Northern Arizona, Orange County Community College, Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, Wayne State University, Philander Smith College, the College of Public Health at the University...
  • 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...
  • The Fifth Column's Return to Iraq-Hate America Left meet with pro-Ba'athist members of parliament

    08/30/2006 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies · 1,792+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 30, 2006 | Ben Johnson
    Cindy Sheehan, Tom Hayden, and the Hate America Left meet with pro-Ba'athist members of the Iraqi parliament to discuss “peace.” TO FIND PEOPLE WHO HATE AMERICA AS MUCH AS THEY DO, the Fifth Column Left had to go halfway around the world to meet with Iraqi political leaders who call terrorism “honorable national resistance” and say foreign jihadists “are guaranteed Paradise” – and at least one of whom has ties to militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr. By the end of the trip, the American leftists would echo these sentiments. Somehow most of the media – occupied with interminable coverage of Hurricane...
  • Fiery anti-U.S. cleric (al-Sadr) reappears in Iraq ("delivering a fiery anti-American sermon")

    05/25/2007 8:28:44 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 48 replies · 1,432+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo) ^ | 5/25/07 | RAVI NESSMAN
    Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in months on Friday, delivering a fiery anti-American sermon to thousands of followers and demanding U.S. troops leave Iraq. It was not immediately clear why he chose to return now to his base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf from Iran. His speech had new nationalist overtones, calling on Sunnis to join with him in the fight against the U.S. presence. He also criticized the government's inability to provide reliable services to its people. Al-Sadr's reappearance, four months after he went underground at the start of the...
  • Shiite Cleric Urges Resistance of U.S. -Sadr calls for this from ..Iran...so who is his paymaster?

    03/16/2007 6:33:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 636+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 16, 2007 at 14:50:6 PDT | KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD (AP) - 0316dv-baghdad-briefing After weeks of cooperation with a new security plan, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr decried U.S. forces as occupiers Friday and called on his followers to "shout 'No, No America!'" in a sign of resurgent anger and opposition. Thousands of Shiites flooded from the mosque where al-Sadr's statement was read by a preacher at Friday prayers, spilling into the streets of the Sadr City slum to protest the two-week-old American military presence there. The U.S. military says al-Sadr has gone to Iran. Officials with al-Sadr's Mahdi Army did not explain why al-Sadr chose to issue the...
  • Iraq: Political Parties Consider Uniting Against Al-Sadr

    12/15/2006 9:00:33 AM PST · by TexKat · 48 replies · 1,470+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | December 15, 2006 | Sumedha Senanayake
    December 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The decision by radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to pull his political bloc out of the Iraqi government to protest Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's decision to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush on November 30 has brought the Iraqi political process to a virtual standstill. Major Iraqi political parties have now engaged in behind-the-scenes talks to form a new political alliance to help break the impasse. The Iraqi daily "Al-Azzam" reported on December 12 that the main Shi'ite party in Iraq, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), has been in...
  • Al-Sadr loyalists boycott Iraq government

    11/29/2006 6:57:15 AM PST · by TexKat · 18 replies · 636+ views
    AP ^ | 11/29/06
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Lawmakers and cabinet ministers loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have suspended participation in parliament and the government to protest Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's summit with U.S. President George W. Bush. A statement issued Wednesday by the 30 lawmakers and five Cabinet ministers said their action was necessary because the meeting constituted a "provocation to the feelings of the Iraqi people and a violation of their constitutional rights." The statement did not explain that claim. Al-Maliki and Bush are meeting in Amman, the Jordanian capital, Wednesday and Thursday looking for ways to end the violence in Iraq....
  • ADVISING IRAQ

    06/09/2006 6:59:57 PM PDT · by lancer · 11 replies · 695+ views
    To the Point Newsletter ^ | 8 June 2006 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    A buddy of mine came over to my place tonight to celebrate the take-out of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He's on his way to Baghdad to be an advisor to Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki. "What advice do you think I should give him, Jack?" he asked me over too much Famous Grouse Scotch. Here's what I told him: "Well, the very first thing he should do is hang Saddam. Get the trial over with tomorrow, take Saddam and every one of his cronies on trial out into the bright Baghdad sunshine and publicly hang the bastards on world-wide television. Then...
  • Iraq Soldier Backs U.S. On Deadly Raid

    03/29/2006 8:30:24 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 28 replies · 1,218+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 29, 2006
    The Iraqi commander during a controversial raid by American and Iraq forces is backing the U.S. version of a battle that left 16 Iraqis dead, Lara Logan reports. In an exclusive interview with CBS, the Iraqi commander says accusations that U.S. forces killed innocent civilians in Sunday's raid on a building in Baghdad were "not true." Accounts of the Baghdad raid varied. Aides to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said 18 men were killed in the joint U.S.-Iraqi raid on a mosque. The Americans said Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. troops killed 16 "insurgents" in a raid on a...
  • Is Iran behind Basra chaos?

    05/25/2006 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Wiz · 6 replies · 509+ views
    In a recent intelligence report, Western analysts suggested that while international attention is focused on Iranian nuclear ambitions, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is covertly destablising southern Iraq. If so, the primary objective is to undermine British control in Basra. Western intelligence agencies have long claimed that the IRGC is providing support for the al-Mahdi Army headed by militant cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Tehran is also actively aiding the Badr Corps of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. These are the principal militias of the Shia communities in the south of the country and are now among...
  • IRAQ: Gang Wars (Mosque used as gang hideout, and once used by Saddam's secret police)

    03/30/2006 9:15:15 AM PST · by Wiz · 17 replies · 798+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2006 Mar 30
    March 30, 2006: The March 26 raid, on a kidnapping gang hideout, turned into an embarrassing media circus for the radical Shia Arab militia led by pro-Iran cleric Moqtada al Sadr. The Sadr people promptly came up with photos and interviews asserting that the raid (by Kurdish police commandoes) actually hit a mosque and killed sixteen innocent worshipers. About fifty Iraqi police were involved in the operation, accompanied by 25 American troops (some of them advisors to the police unit.)
  • Team Coverage: al-Iraqiya TV and al-Sadr's Mahdi Army (Mystery of an unexploded grenade in Mosque)

    03/27/2006 7:18:21 AM PST · by Wiz · 2 replies · 1,337+ views
    ThreatsWatch.Org ^ | 2006 Mar 26 | Steve
    al-Iraqiya TV quickly aired images of the dead inside the al-Moustafa mosque. All of the dead appear to have been either Mahdi Army fighters or persons in the mosque killed in the crossfire. Zeyad shares a translation of part of what he saw on Iraqi television at Healing Iraq. al-Iraqiya and al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army appear quite chummy. The al-Iraqiya cameraman refers to the Madhi Army dead as “our guys”. Someone in the background was asking the cameraman to film grenades lying around the corpses, to which the cameraman responded: “I can’t show our guys’ grenades.” “No, these are American grenades,”...
  • Protesters Call for U.S. Pullout in Iraq

    04/09/2005 1:59:08 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 27 replies · 774+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 9, 2005 | TRACI CARL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Tens of thousands of supporters of a militant Shiite cleric filled central Baghdad's streets Saturday and demanded that American soldiers go home, marking the second anniversary of Baghdad's fall with shouts of "No, no to Satan!" To the west of the capital, 5,000 protesters issue similar demands in the Sunni Triangle city of Ramadi, reflecting a growing impatience with the U.S.-led occupation and the slow pace of returning control to an infant Iraqi government. The protest in Baghdad's famous Firdos Square was the largest anti-American demonstration since the U.S.-led invasion, but the turnout was far less than...
  • Iran Accused of Sending Weapons to Iraq (SHOCKING NEWS!)

    08/09/2004 6:21:16 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 681+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat / AP ^ | 8/9/04 | ABDUL HUSSEIN AL-OBEIDI
    NAJAF, Iraq - With fighting raging for a fifth day in Najaf, Iraq's interim defense minister on Monday accused neighboring Iran of sending weapons to Shiite insurgents here. Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan made the comments during an interview broadcast on the Arab-language television network al-Arabiya. "There are Iranian-made weapons that have been found in the hands of criminals in Najaf who received these weapons from across the Iranian border," Shaalan said. Asked if Iran is still considered the "top enemy" of Iraq, he answered ambiguously. "From far and near, the facts that we have say that what has happened to...
  • Is it not the time yet?

    08/05/2004 4:46:22 PM PDT · by jolie560 · 1 replies · 375+ views
    IRAQ THE MODEL ^ | August 5, 2004 | Mohammed (Iraq blogger)
    The Iraqi minister of internal affair said that there will be no negotiations with Muqtada Al-Sadr and I salute the Iraqi government for taking this decision. We’ve expected this from the very beginning and we stressed more than once that people like Muqtada are not fit for a peaceful political process and they will refuse all calls for talks because they closed the road to any talk a thousand years ago. It’s time to take serious actions against the militant groups and it’s time to end any truce with them. The ING, supported by the multinational forces must do their...
  • Iraqi PM Reopens Controversial Newspaper

    07/18/2004 9:48:50 AM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 333+ views
    AP ^ | 7/18/04 | TAREK EL-TABLAWY,
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq (news - web sites)'s interim prime minister issued a decree allowing a controversial newspaper to reopen after it had been closed by U.S. officials in March, setting off months of fighting between U.S. forces and militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The weekly Al-Hawza was the mouthpiece of al-Sadr's "Sadrist" movement, routinely carrying his fiery sermons on its front page along with articles sharply critical of the U.S.-led occupation, which formally ended June 28. Iraq's former American governor, L. Paul Bremer, ordered the newspaper closed for two months on March 28 for allegedly inciting...
  • Shiite Gunmen Seize Najaf Police Station

    06/10/2004 5:59:12 AM PDT · by TexKat · 13 replies · 1,556+ views
    AP ^ | 6/10/04 | DANICA KIRKA
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Shiite gunmen seized a police station Thursday in Najaf in the first outbreak of fighting since an agreement to end weeks of bloody clashes between U.S. troops and militia forces. Four Iraqis were killed and 13 were injured, hospital and militia officials said. Gunmen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took control of the Ghari police station just 250 yards from the Imam Ali Shrine, witness Mohammed Hussein said. The station was looted and police cars were burned. "We sent a quick-reaction unit to assist the policemen defending the station, but they were overwhelmed by al-Sadr fighters,"...
  • Muqtada Al-Sadr vis-à-vis the Shi'a Religious Establishment

    06/03/2004 12:48:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 198+ views
    Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) ^ | June 03 2004 | Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
    Muqtada Al-Sadr is the fourth son of Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammad Baqir Al-Sadr. The elder Al-Sadr was imprisoned by Saddam Hussein between 1985 and 1992. Then, following the assassination by Saddam of a number of leading Ayatollahs of Iranian origin, Al-Sadr, aided apparently by Saddam himself, became the head of the Hawza in Najaf. Ayatollah Al-Sadr cultivated his relations with the tribes surrounding the city of Najaf and his popularity soared. Suspicious of the Ayatollah's growing power, Saddam's agents ambushed and killed Al-Sadr and two of his four children in 1999 near the Mosque of Ali, one of the holiest Shi'a...
  • Najaf fighting continues despite pledge [al-Sadr not in control of his troops?]

    05/29/2004 1:04:32 AM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies · 96+ views
    CNN International, AP ^ | 29MAY04 | CNN, Jane Arraf, David Ensor, Elise Labott, Mike Mount, Liz Neisloss, Guy Raz and Barbara Starr
    <p>NAJAF, Iraq (CNN) -- Fighting between U.S. forces and the Mehdi Army militia continued Saturday, two days after radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pledged to withdraw most of his militia from the Najaf region if U.S. forces did the same. The U.S.-led coalition halted offensive operations, following the announcement of al-Sadr's offer, in an effort to give the tentative peace deal a chance. Iraqi police also exchanged fire with the insurgents in Kufa Saturday, according to a CNN stringer in neighboring Najaf.</p>
  • A soldier's view from the frontline

    05/21/2004 1:40:18 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies · 184+ views
    A soldier's view from the frontline By JOE ROCHE A KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE FORUM BAGHDAD, Iraq - I am a soldier with the 16th Engineering Battalion of the 1st Armored Division. Our unit is presently in combat against the uprising of Muqtada al-Sadr. This situation is extremely sensitive. Had we entered this prematurely, victory would not have been possible. We have been involved in preparations and much planning. Today we are scoring amazing successes against this would-be tyrant. I ask only that the American people be brave. Don't fall for the spin by those portraying this as a disaster. It just...
  • WHY IRAQ IS BECOMING VIETNAM

    05/10/2004 11:02:06 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 150 replies · 201+ views
    Ediblog ^ | May 10, 2004 | Patrick Rooney
    Why Iraq Is Becoming Vietnam Liberals have long dreamed of turning our occupation of Iraq into another Vietnam, a scar on the face of America that they could revel in. I believe in many ways, they are succeeding. Their latest victory is their success in turning incidents of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison into an indictment of American foreign policy and the President. Our Defense Secretary was dragged before a motley group of Senatorial inquisitors, many of whom don’t have the moral standing to tie his shoe, much less interrogate him. The “scandal” is the Mai Lai massacre to...
  • Sadr, surrounded, gives ground and offers to talk

    04/15/2004 6:15:34 AM PDT · by Valin · 29 replies · 102+ views
    Newark Star Ledger / KRT NEWS SERVICE ^ | 4/15/04 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON
    <p>NAJAF, Iraq -- With American troops closing in and a growing number of his gunmen in hiding, radical Shi'a Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday offered unconditional talks with U.S. authorities seeking to kill or capture him.</p> <p>His spokesman in Najaf said Sadr, whose men have launched widespread attacks on American forces in the last week, was retreating further by dropping demands that U.S.-led coalition forces withdraw from residential areas, free Iraqi detainees and end the siege of Fallujah before negotiations could proceed.</p>
  • News agency reports on Sadr seeking political asylum in Iran

    04/11/2004 7:32:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies · 184+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | April 11 2004
    Tehran, 11 April: Without mentioning any specific sources, Al Sharq al-Awsat has published a report claiming that Muqtada al-Sadr will be transferred to Iran as a political refugee. According to a report by the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), the newspaper, which is published in London, quoted a source whom it only described as "an Iraqi Shi'i official". It claimed that Iraqi Shi'i figures are trying to mediate on Muqtada al-Sadr's behalf to organize his transfer to Iran as a political refugee. Quoting the source, the aforementioned newspaper claimed that the intermediary was an important Iraqi political figure. Quoting the...
  • U.S. aircraft attack Fallujah (AC130 deployed)

    04/09/2004 8:33:32 PM PDT · by Clive · 114 replies · 1,429+ views
    Fallujah, Iraq - A U.S. AC-130 gunship raked Iraqi insurgents Friday night after hundreds of women and children fled the besieged city Fallujah during a U.S.-declared pause in the marine offensive. On the anniversary of the fall of captive Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's regime, Baghdad and parts of central Iraq were chaotic. At a square in the capital where Saddam's statue was toppled a year ago, soldiers took down a new icon: pictures of the radical Shiite Muslim cleric whose followers have risen up against coalition forces in the south. Gunmen running rampant on Baghdad's western edge attacked a fuel...
  • Coalition: Young cleric behind recent violence in Iraq

    10/14/2003 7:41:50 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 8 replies · 104+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Oct. 14, 2003 | Drew Brown
    Coalition officials say a radical young cleric named Muqtada al Sadr is behind a recent spate of suicide bombings and political assassinations that he's using to try to gain power over Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority. But they haven't yet decided how to deal with him for fear of touching off even worse violence. Coalition officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they now think that a car bombing Sunday at the Baghdad Hotel was a Sadr-inspired assassination attempt against Moffowak al Rubaie, a moderate Shiite physician who sits on Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council. Al Rubaie, who was in the hotel,...
  • Cleric says he's forming a religious army in Iraq

    07/26/2003 9:33:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 23 replies · 255+ views
    AP Wire | July 26 2003 | Associated Press
    KUFA, Iraq Stepping up his challenge to Iraq's U.S.-led occupiers, an influential Shiite Muslim cleric accused coalition forces Friday of crossing all the "red lines" and vowed that his religious army would drive U.S. troops out of the holy city of An Najaf. Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr told 50,000 worshippers gathered at the main mosque in the holy Shiite city of Kufa south of Baghdad that after his "Imam Army" pushes the Americans out of An Najaf and other Iraqi cities, the men will take charge of defending those cities. Speaking after his Friday sermon, Sadr said tens of thousands had...