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Topic - Muqtada Al-Sadr
As recently as 2012, it appeared that Islamists could overcome their many internal dissimilarities - sectarian (Sunni, Shiite), political (monarchical, republican), tactical (political, violent) or attitudes toward modernity (Salafi, Muslim Brotherhood) - and cooperate.
As Americans seek to find an alternative to the stark and unappetizing choice between acceptance of Iran's rabid leadership having nuclear weapons or pre-emptively bombing its nuclear facilities, one analyst offers a credible third path.
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.
After years of rising influence, a new sign of Iran's presence in Iraq has reached the streets.
After years of growing influence, a new sign of Iran's presence in Iraq has hit the streets. Thousands of signs, that is, depicting Iran's supreme leader gently smiling to a population once mobilized against the Islamic Republic in eight years of war.
A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid near a tiny Honduran town, U.S. officials said Sunday.
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.
Thousands of demonstrators staged the largest protest yet against plans by Turkey's Islamic-rooted government to curb abortion, which critics say will amount to a virtual ban.
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.
Iraq's former prime minister says the United States is ignoring an "emerging dictatorship" in his country, telling The Washington Times that Iran is "swallowing" Iraq and dictating its strategic policies.
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.
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.
Now that the last U.S. troops have withdrawn from Iraq, the question of how to deal with Iran's aggression and its drive to develop a nuclear weapon remains less than clear. At the White House meeting on Dec. 12 between President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, only passing recognition was given to these two issues.
Iran's presence is already visible in Iraq, from the droves of pilgrims at Shiite holy sites to the brands of yogurt and jams on grocery shelves. That could change when the U.S. military leaves at the end of the year.
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.
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.