August 12, 2004 |
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 |
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 |
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.
February 15, 2007 |
An Iraqi lawmaker with close ties to radical cleric Muqtada Sadr said Wednesday that he saw the Shiite Muslim leader four days ago in Iraq, continuing a war of words with U.S. officials over Sadr's whereabouts. U.S. officials told reporters this week that the anti-American cleric had left Iraq weeks ago, possibly to avoid a security crackdown getting underway in Baghdad. The security plan, dubbed Operation Law and Order, became more visible Wednesday as U.S.
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.