October 8, 2004 |
A top aide to Muqtada Sadr said Thursday that militiamen loyal to the rebel cleric were willing to hand over their weapons as part of a peace initiative to end fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City slum. But he demanded in return that the fighters not be "persecuted" and that Sadr aides be released from U.S. custody.
February 8, 2006 |
Two bombs exploded in quick succession Tuesday, killing at least seven Iraqis in a downtown market in the capital, and gunmen in Fallouja assassinated the head of the City Council. In western Baghdad, a representative of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr also was shot to death Tuesday. The violence appears to be tied to the Shiite holiday of Ashura, the commemoration of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. The annual event culminates Thursday.
June 12, 2004 |
A radical cleric whose uprising two months ago has left hundreds dead and threatened to exacerbate tensions in the Shiite Muslim heartland said Friday that he would cooperate with the interim government if it works to end the U.S. military presence. Meanwhile, insurgents blew up a police station south of Baghdad in the fourth such attack against Iraqi security installations in less than a week.
January 26, 2007 |
Muqtada Sadr, the radical anti-American cleric, has backed away from confrontation with U.S. and Iraqi forces in recent weeks, a move that has surprised U.S. officials who long have characterized his followers as among the greatest threats to Iraq's security. Thursday, a leader of the Sadr movement in one of its Baghdad strongholds publicly endorsed President Bush's new Iraq security plan, which at least some U.S. officials have touted as a way to combat Sadr's group.
September 15, 2011 |
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.
August 27, 2004
Re "Iraqi Olympic Soccer Players Kick the Stuffing Out of Bush's Fantasy," Commentary, Aug. 24: I suppose nothing President Bush says should amaze me, but for him to declare Iraq a "new democracy" when Iraqis are dying every day and live under martial law, when their so-called leaders are chosen by us and their country is in utter chaos with no end in sight, is a huge delusion even for him. To support this position, he points to the Iraqi Olympic...
May 8, 2004 |
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 |
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.
June 14, 2008 |
Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr appeared to move Friday toward reorganizing his Mahdi Army militia and shifting much of the movement's focus toward peaceful social activities, though he said its military wing would reserve the right to attack U.S. forces. Sadr, in a statement read after Friday prayers in his stronghold of Kufa, said a select number of Mahdi Army cadres would be allowed to bear arms and use them only with authorization. His orders, read by a deputy, said the militia's guns and mortars "will be directed only toward the occupiers and no one else.
May 24, 2004 |
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.