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August 20, 2003
The bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday makes it clear that American forces are not only fighting remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime and disgruntled Iraqis but also facing a panoply of factions that could begin to use Iraq as a new arena for pursuing jihad against America. These are the same kinds of motivated individuals who spent nine long years fighting and defeating the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Iraq will be the prime magnet of every militant Muslim in the world.
February 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Early today, aides to anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr denied reports that he had left Iraq and was thought to be in Tehran, where he has relatives. A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that Sadr had left his Baghdad stronghold weeks ago but probably would return. He said fractures in Sadr's political and militia operations were probably to blame for the cleric's departure.
June 6, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Five U.S. soldiers were killed Monday in an attack in central Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement. It was the deadliest single attack this year against U.S. forces in Iraq and an indication of how dangerous the country remains for American troops as they prepare to withdraw by the end of 2011. An Iraqi security source said that the five U.S. soldiers had been working as advisers on a base for Iraqi national police in eastern Baghdad when their quarters were targeted by rocket fire shortly before 7 a.m. local time.
August 12, 2004 | Henry Chu and Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writers
With its twin minarets and glinting gold dome, the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf has been a beacon for the Muslim faithful for more than a thousand years. But with fighting raging around the Iraqi shrine, one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam is reprising a different historical role: rallying point against foreign forces. In 1920, rebels intent on kicking out British troops occupying the region gathered at the mosque and readied for revolt.
December 26, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Mercurial Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr once again has people guessing about his next move. Officially, the young religious leader -- whose summer standoff with U.S. troops in Najaf threatened to spark a Shiite rebellion across Iraq -- says he's not participating in next month's national elections. Supporters, however, say he has dozens of stealth candidates on various slates.
October 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
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 | Borzou Daragahi and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
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 | From Associated Press
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 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
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.
June 3, 2004 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
At least four Iraqis were killed and 36 injured Wednesday as fighting continued between U.S. troops and militiamen in the holy cities of Najaf and Kufa, hospital officials and witnesses said. No U.S. casualties were reported. Clashes erupted around dusk when U.S. tanks approached the Kufa mosque, controlled by dozens of militiamen loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr. Gunfire and bombing sent nearby residents fleeing, witnesses said.
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