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  • Hundreds of followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrated this month in front of a local Iraqi TV station in Baghdad that accused them of receiving their instructions from Iran. (Associated Press)

    Iran rallies to aid Iraq's embattled leader

    Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Iraqi political outcasts and big brother to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government.

  • Hard-line Iraqi cleric urges political unity

    Two political leaders who put Iraq's prime minister in power met Thursday to discuss whether they should withdraw their support, now that a bitter sectarian political deadlock has led to calls for secession.

  • This image taken from TV Saturday, March 17, 2012, shows a man identified as Randy Michael, who is purported to be an American contractor, in Baghdad, Iraq, after he was released from captivity and handed over to the United Nations by Shiite lawmakers representing the hardline followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. (AP Photo/MASAR TV)

    U.S. man captured by militia in Iraq released to U.N.

    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.

  • ** FILE ** Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, 160 miles northeast of Baghdad, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Sadrists call for new elections in Iraq

    The political party loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Monday for the dissolution of Iraq's parliament and new elections in another move that could escalate the country's growing sectarian crisis.

  • Rocket barrage kills 5 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad

    Five American soldiers died Monday when a barrage of rockets slammed into a base in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad in the largest, single-day loss of life for U.S. forces in Iraq in two years.

  • An Iraqi soldier and a U.S. Army soldier (foreground) stand guard during a patrol in Mosul, northwest of Baghdad, in 2009. Two U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday by an Iraqi soldier during a training exercise, raising fresh concerns about Iraq's security forces. (Associated Press)

    Return of cleric complicates '11 Iraq withdrawal strategy

    Iraqi politicians face the contentious question this year of whether to ask U.S. troops to stay beyond an end-of-2011 deadline for their departure. That decision has become far more complicated with the return to Iraq of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

  • Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during his first public appearance since returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Al-Sadr appears beneath a graphic banner bearing the pictures of his brother, the late Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, left, and father, the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Iraqi cleric says followers still resisting U.S. 'enemy' with all means

    Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Saturday his followers in Iraq were still resisting the U.S. "enemy" with all means, including force. But he tempered his fiery words by saying the new Iraqi government should be given a chance to get American troops out of the country in a "suitable" way.

  • Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (center) is surrounded by bodyguards in the Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday. Hundreds of raucous supporters celebrated the return of the firebrand Iraqi cleric Thursday after his emergence from four years of exile in Iran, drawing a plea from him to show more discipline and restraint. (Associated Press)

    Iraqi cleric implores followers to show discipline

    Hundreds of raucous supporters celebrated the return of firebrand Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday after his emergence from four years of exile in Iran, drawing a plea from him to show more discipline and restraint.

  • World Scene

    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.

  • Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, center, is surrounded by supporters in the Shi'ite city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Mr. al-Sadr, who led several Shi'ite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before going into exile in neighboring Iran almost four years ago, returned to Iraq Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

    Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq

    Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led several Shi'ite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before going into exile in neighboring Iran almost four years ago, returned to Iraq Wednesday.

  • In this Monday, July 19, 2010, file photo, Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite political clerics, speaks to reporters in Damascus, Syria. Aides to Mr. al-Sadr say his powerful political bloc has agreed to support Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's bid to stay in power and end a nearly seven-month political impasse. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

    Iraqi cleric al-Sadr backs al-Maliki in key boost

    Powerful Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr backed Iraq's prime minister to retain power Friday in a move that could speed an end to the country's seven-month political impasse but could also hand Mr. al-Sadr's anti-American bloc considerable influence in the next government.

  • Crocker says al-Qaeda closer to defeat

    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.

  • Al-Sistani

    Edicts permit resisting troops

    BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq´s most influential Shi´ite cleric has been quietly issuing religious edicts declaring that armed resistance to U.S.-led foreign troops is permissible - a potentially significant shift by a key supporter of the Washington-backed government in Baghdad.

  • Sadr City gets a break; fighting goes next door

    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.

  • Sadr City gets a break; fighting goes next door

    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.

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  • As a result, and to jump-start the nation's all but paralyzed government, Mr. al-Sadr said he is prepared to direct his party's 40 lawmakers to support a "no confidence" vote against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - as long as he is assured other political blocs in parliament provide the rest of the 163 votes needed.

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  • A day earlier, Sheik al-Sadr urged Mr. al-Maliki to "do the right thing" and resign, but it remains unclear whether Sheik al-Sadr will bow to Iranian pressure in the end.

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