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September 15, 2011 | By Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
Insurgents launched four attacks early Wednesday against Iraq's security forces, killing 27 people as the Persian Gulf nation prepares for the departure of U.S. troops at the end of the year. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant where police officers were dining in Madhatiya, near the city of Hillah. The blast killed a dozen people and wounded 43, according to security and health officials. In Baghdad, a drive-by shooting at a police checkpoint in the Qahira neighborhood left two police officers dead and two wounded.
May 8, 2004 | Raheem Salman and Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writers
Surrounded by a legion of armed followers and ignoring the U.S. military offensive closing in on him, Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr swept into the mosque here Friday and vowed to rid Iraq of its American occupiers. Even as fighting raged in predominantly Shiite cities nearby, the young cleric who has led a monthlong rebellion in south-central Iraq seized upon the inflammatory issue of the moment, denouncing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S.
December 31, 2009 | By Ned Parker and Janet Stobart
A British hostage held for 2 1/2 years by a militant Iraqi Shiite Muslim group was freed Wednesday in a move his family hailed as "the best Christmas present ever." Computer consultant Peter Moore was freed as the United States handed over to Iraqi authorities Qais Khazali, the leader of the group suspected of kidnapping him and four British security guards, and an undetermined number of Khazali's followers. The U.S. had blamed the group Asaib al Haq, or League of the Righteous, for the killings of five American soldiers.
May 24, 2004 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
A car bomb and rocket grenade attack killed two U.S. soldiers and injured five others as their convoy rumbled past the city of Fallouja on Sunday, the first such deadly attack since U.S. Marines ended 3 1/2 weeks of siege there late last month. To the southeast, U.S. helicopters, planes and ground troops hammered insurgents in the holy cities of Kufa and Najaf, killing more than 60 religious militia fighters and civilians, according to the U.S. military and local hospitals.
August 31, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Aides to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr on Thursday appeared to place conditions on his call for a six-month halt to his militia's operations, but the Iraqi capital was noticeably calm a day after the announced stand-down. The U.S. military, meanwhile, reported the deaths of two soldiers in combat operations, one in west Baghdad on Thursday and the other in restive Diyala province the previous day. Their deaths brought to 3,735 the number of U.S.
October 22, 2006
Your Oct. 19 editorial, "Eyeing the exits," states that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki "needs to keep Muqtada Sadr happy." Why are our soldiers dying daily to support a government that placates Sadr? After all, wasn't Sadr the cleric who had his insurgents fight our soldiers in graveyards near Fallouja earlier in the war? We need to pull out now and let Maliki deal with his own civil war. THEODORA BELTSON Beverly Hills Members of the Bush administration like to use black-and-white slogans, simplifying complex issues and implying there is no other option except to "stay the course" in Iraq.
October 10, 2004 | Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writer
Followers of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr said they reached a cease-fire agreement Saturday with the interim Iraqi government, but a government spokesman said the only proof of a deal would be if the rebels started handing over their weapons Monday. A cease-fire would be a breakthrough in the government's redoubled efforts to pacify insurgent strongholds ahead of national elections scheduled for January. Sadr's Al Mahdi militia has fought U.S.
June 16, 2008 | Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Members of Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr's political bloc announced Sunday that the group would not compete as a party in coming local elections but would endorse candidates. The decision appeared aimed at allowing the Sadr movement to play a role in the Iraqi elections despite a government threat to bar the bloc from fielding candidates if it did not first dissolve its militia.
June 8, 2008 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki traveled Saturday to Iran on a mission to improve relations between the countries at a time when U.S. officials have accused Tehran of arming Shiite Muslim militia groups fighting the Americans and Iraqi security forces. Maliki, who was expected to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today, is on his third visit to Iran since taking office in May 2006. His trip comes after fighting this spring in Baghdad and the southern city of Basra pitted Iraqi security forces against the Mahdi Army militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr.
May 26, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military said Sunday that the number of attacks by militants in the last week dropped to a level not seen in Iraq since March 2004. About 300 violent incidents were recorded in the seven-day period that ended Friday, down from a weekly high of nearly 1,600 in mid-June last year, according to a chart provided by the military. The announcement appeared aimed at allaying fears that an uprising by militiamen loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr could unravel security gains since 28,500 additional American troops were deployed in Iraq in a buildup that reached its height in June.
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