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This page describes the Shia Mahdi Army of contemporary Iraq; for the Sunni Mahdi Army of Nineteenth Century Sudan, see Muhammad Ahmad. - Source: Wikipedia
Iraqi Shiites increasingly fear that their Muslim sect and holy sites could be targeted in neighboring Syria as the civil war there takes on increasingly sectarian overtones, and Iranian-backed militants are girding for violence in both countries, according to Shiite leaders and government officials.
Iraqi Shiites increasingly fear the Muslim sect and its holy sites could be targeted in neighboring Syria as the civil war there takes on increasingly sectarian overtones, and Iranian-backed militants are girding for violence in both countries, according to Shiite leaders and government officials.
Wearing a U.S. Army uniform and flanked by Iraqi lawmakers, an American citizen announced Saturday that he was being released from more than nine months of imprisonment by a Shiite militia that for years targeted U.S. troops.
On April 8, 2003, U.S. Marine Lt. Brian Chontosh charged an ambush on the way to Baghdad, wiping out a trench full of enemy soldiers. His heroics were replicated by other Americans hundreds of times in the succeeding years as the United States fought its way, by trial and error, to ultimate victory in 2008. Taking Baghdad quickly in 2003, America was hit with the double ignition of the Sunni and Shiite conflicts in 2004. Al Qaeda swarmed into Fallujah to complicate the U.S. challenge. Muqtada al-Sadr, the extremist Shiite cleric with ties to Iran, threw the Mahdi Army at every outpost of the fragile democratic government America was incubating.
Barack Obama's tenure as commander in chief has not exactly been characterized by success. What comes next, however, may make his record to date look like the good old days.
Four years after fleeing his native soil for fear of arrest, "the most dangerous man in Iraq" has returned home. With U.S. troops set to depart over the course of 2011, Muqtada al-Sadr's triumphant homecoming marks the beginning of a post-American Iraq.
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a fierce opponent of the United States and head of Iraq's most feared militia, came home Wednesday after nearly four years in self-imposed exile in Iran, welcomed by hundreds of cheering supporters in a return that solidifies the rise of his movement.
While Congress delays passage of legislation funding operations in Iraq, the military strategy there continues to achieve remarkable successes. This is particularly true with regard to Iraqi security forces, which have clearly benefited from American training and assistance.
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shi'ite and Sunni militant groups. 8:57 p.m.
BAGHDAD - With not a Shi´ite fighter in sight, shoppers pushed through markets and cars packed the streets in Baghdad´s Sadr City yesterday - a positive early sign for Iraqi forces in their bid to impose control after a truce with the militia in its stronghold.
BAGHDAD (AP) — With not a Shi"ite fighter in sight, shoppers pushed through markets and cars packed the streets in Baghdad"s Sadr City yesterday — a positive early sign for Iraqi forces in their bid to impose control after a truce with the militia in its stronghold.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb killed a governor in southern Iraq yesterday, the second provincial boss assassinated in nine days and a likely prelude to an even more brutal contest among rival Shi'ite militias battling for control of some of Iraq's main oil regions.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb today killed the governor of the predominantly Shi'ite Muthanna province, police said. It was the second assassination of a top provincial official in just over a week.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb killed at least eight persons in a northern Kurdish area yesterday, but Baghdad remained largely calm with a driving ban still in effect and thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims headed home.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ites marched to a gold-domed mosque in harsh heat and sun yesterday in a pilgrimage of devotion to an 8th century saint that also starkly demonstrated their political power.