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  • How Moqtada al-Sadr Could Take Down Iraq’s Government

    05/02/2016 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 01, 2016 | Michael Weiss
    Supporters of the powerful Shia cleric stormed Baghdad’s parliament, leaving legislators quivering in the basement and Iraq on the edge of political chaos. Hussain Jassim refused to leave the Green Zone, once considered the impenetrable citadel at the heart of Baghdad, until his leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered him to do so. “We have entered parliament and we have broken it’s prestige in front of people because they are thieves, they deserve for that to happen to them,” Jassim told The Daily Beast. He was one of thousands of angry protestors who on Saturday raided the Iraqi legislature, chasing MPs out...
  • U.S. airstrikes in Amerli supported deadly Shia terror group

    09/02/2014 11:48:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    While helping Iraqi forces to break the Islamic State's siege of Amerli, the US Air Force supported a deadly Shia militia that is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. The Shia militia, known as Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous, has also captured and executed US soldiers and British citizens in the past. Iraqi forces, supported by "paramilitary forces" such as the League of the Righteous, advanced on Amerli late last week and reached the town by Aug. 31, The Washington Post reported. By Sept. 1, the siege, which lasted for more than two months, was...
  • Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr warns al-Qaeda ringleader 'Ayman al-Zawahiri' over Syria (Face-Off)

    06/17/2013 4:15:23 AM PDT · by BCW · 10 replies
    Ahlul Bayt News Agency ^ | 17 JUN 2013 | ABNA
    Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has issued a stern warning to the ringleader of al-Qaeda against the terrorist group’s further intervention in Syria. Sadr said Monday that Ayman al-Zawahiri needs to stay away from Syria’s affairs and allow Sunnis and Alawites to live peacefully in Syria as they always did. He condemned al-Qaeda’s killing of Muslims and said the group and its extremist ways have no place in Islamic nations.
  • Iranian Murders in the West

    10/19/2011 5:00:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Stephen Schwartz
    Americans were stunned on October 11 when the Justice Department unsealed its complaint against Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old used-car dealer from Corpus Christi now in federal custody, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Shakuri remains inside Iran. The pair have been charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir. As disclosed by the Treasury Department, the plot was coordinated by Arbabsiar’s cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Quds Force functionary whom the Treasury designated in 2008 as one of several “individuals and entities fueling violence in Iraq.” Shahlai was...
  • Iraq's Sadrists call to dissolve parliament

    12/26/2011 8:35:46 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | December 26,2011
    Followers of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr also want new elections amid political crisis and fresh violence in Baghdad. A suicide attack killed five people at the interior ministry in Baghdad as a key political bloc called for early elections in a worsening standoff that has stoked sectarian tensions. The blast, which left dozens wounded on Monday, came just days after the capital was struck by its deadliest violence in more than four months. The parliamentary coailtion loyal to anti-US Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said it backed the dissolution of parliament and early elections in a dispute that has seen Iraq's...
  • Fareed Zakaria: Iraq Withdrawal Is Victory For Iran

    10/22/2011 2:36:10 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 10/22/11 | Noel Sheppard
    As the media did a victory lap over Friday's announcement by President Obama that all American troops would be removed from Iraq by the end of the year, Fareed Zakaria took a surprisingly contrary position. Speaking from Tehran with a variety of CNN hosts throughout the day, Zakaria said this development was a disappointment for the United States and a victory for Iran. (video follows with transcript and commentary) JOHN KING, HOST: A simple question up front. U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of the year, Iran has to view this as a victory. FAREED ZAKARIA: Oh, I'm sure...
  • Cleric vows attacks if US troops stay in Iraq

    08/11/2011 8:21:58 PM PDT · by yup2394871293 · 27 replies
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | Sun, Aug 7, 2011 | REBECCA SANTANA
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful anti-American Shiite cleric in Iraq with thousands of loyal followers threatened on Sunday that U.S. forces who stay past the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline are fair game to attack.Iraqi officials, worried about a potential backlash if U.S. troops remain in the country, have tried to portray any American force that does not withdraw as trainers of the still-growing Iraqi military rather than as combat troops.While the security situation in Iraq has improved over the past few years, attacks are still commonplace. In June alone, 15 U.S. soldiers were killed, making it the bloodiest month for...
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

    07/07/2011 9:49:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published July 07, 2011 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The attack follows the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Fifteen U.S. soldiers died in June, nearly all in attacks by Shiite militias. ----- Thursday's bomb, which was detonated near a checkpoint outside Victory Base Camp, was a powerful armor-piercing explosive known as an EFP, according to two military officials with knowledge of the attack. EFPs typically...
  • Sadr's followers demand Biden stay away from Iraq (we don't want him either)

    01/14/2011 8:56:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Followers of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets on Friday after prayers to condemn a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and demand U.S. forces leave the country.
  • In Iraq, apprehension ahead of speech by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr

    01/06/2011 9:58:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies ^ | January 6, 2011 | By Aaron C. Davis
    Lawmakers across Iraq's political and ethnic spectrums waited Thursday for word from anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, saying his first address after returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran would likely say a lot about his intended approach to Iraq's fragile new government. Late Thursday, a spokesman at Sadr's office in Najaf said the cleric would deliver "a very important speech" Saturday at his home outside the Shiite holy city. After months of shifting political alliances finally produced a new government late last year, most Iraqis are still gingerly feeling their way forward. Some voiced cautious optimism...
  • Anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq after 3-year absence, Iraqi officials say

    01/05/2011 7:14:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    1310 News ^ | 1/5/2011 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led several Shiite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before travelling to neighbouring Iran at least three years ago, has returned to Iraq, officials said Wednesday. Al-Sadr's return caps another dramatic rise to prominence for him and his followers after they were routed by Iraqi and U.S. forces and appeared to fade from power just a few years ago. The strong showing by his bloc in last year's parliamentary elections and his key support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki paved the way for Wednesday's return. It was not immediately clear how long al-Sadr would stay...
  • Maliki in Tehran visit urges Iran to help rebuild Iraq

    10/19/2010 1:09:15 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    AFB via Space ^ | 10/19/2010 | AFB via Space
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday urged Iran to help rebuild his war-torn country during a visit to Tehran that came as his rival accused the Islamic republic of meddling in Iraqi affairs. Maliki's one-day stopover in Iran is part of a regional tour aimed at drumming up support for his bid to stay in power after an inconclusive March 7 general election. He held a series of meetings in Tehran, including with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, before holding talks with Iraq's radical Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Qom, reports...
  • Iran's, Syria-backed Arab-Islamic Terrorists: The Hezbollah

    05/24/2010 10:35:37 AM PDT · by Righting · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Iran's, Syria-backed Arab-Islamic Terrorists: The Hezbollah Contents 1 Funding 1.1 Criminal funding1.2 South America1.3 U.S.1.4 Europe1.5 U.S. Mexican border 2 Regional plans3 Global Plans4 Violence outside Lebanon 4.1 Iraq4.2 Somalia4.3 Afghanistan4.4 Sudan4.5 Egypt4.6 Azerbaijan4.7 Europe4.8 Argentina 5 References Funding Dirty Money, Blood MoneyCriminal funding The Lebanese Shiite Terrorist Organization has been highlighted as a profile in "Crime and Terrorism" - Hezbollah's Criminal activity is widely in Lebanon and worldwide. [1], or what researches call: "various criminal enterprises to raise funds for Hezbollah." [2] Among the illegal, criminal methods of the Islamic group is wide fraud, drug trafficking, credit card...
  • Guess Who Is Really Going To Decide The Iraq Election Results

    03/30/2010 6:28:23 PM PDT · by JLWORK · 5 replies · 476+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | May 30, 2010 | John L. Work
    Over at Diana West’s website some not too surprising, but none-the-less deeply disturbing news reports have surfaced which demonstrate that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and exiled anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (photo above) are all more than casually involved in deciding the final outcome of Iraq’s recent election results. Emissaries from the highest levels of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government have already met in Tehran with all of the afore-named, hoping to secure the blessings of the Shiite Muslim coalition that governs Iran, and return al-Maliki to his current office. Any eyebrows up yet? Not...
  • Iraq: Radical cleric becomes 'ayatollah'

    05/05/2009 3:52:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 661+ views
    AKI ^ | May 5, 2009
    Baghdad, 5 May (AKI) - Radical Iraqi Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, is reported to have assumed the title of Grand Ayatollah after concluding his studies in the holy city of Qom in Iran. Sources close to the cleric's faction released the news to the Arab daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat. Around 70 supporters of al-Sadr on Sunday concluded a conference in the Turkish city of Istanbul where they elected new leaders and mapped out their future. Al-Sadr, who leads the Mahdi Army militia, also met both Recep Tayyip Erodgan, the Turkish prime minister, and president Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Friday during...
  • Al-Sadr resurfaces in Turkey, meets with Turkish President and Prime Minister

    05/03/2009 9:01:20 AM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 652+ views
    (AFP, May 2, 2009) via JIHAD ^ | Posted by Robert at May 3, 2009 4:08 AM | n/a
    May 3, 2009 Al-Sadr resurfaces in Turkey, meets with Turkish President and Prime Minister Why is this jihadist meeting with the "moderate" and "pro-American" leaders of Turkey? They're talking about the "security of Iraq." Since all parties involved are proponents of Sharia rule, likely that is what will be advanced as a result of this meeting. "Radical anti-US cleric Sadr resurfaces in Turkey," from AFP, May 2 (thanks to all who sent this in): Iraq's Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr – not seen in public for nearly two years – held face-to-face talks with Turkey's top two leaders Friday, the...
  • US breaks up Mahdi Army 'Promise Day Brigade' cell in Al Kut

    04/26/2009 3:46:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 470+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | April 26, 2009, 4:07 pm | Bill Roggio
    The US military broke up an Iranian-backed terror cell associated with Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army during a raid in Al Kut in central Iraq. Iraqi officials are claiming the US military conducted the raid without approval. Coalition forces killed one Iranian-backed terrorist and captured six others during a raid that targeted a financier that supports both the Mahdi Army Special Groups and the Brigade of the Promised Day. One woman was also killed during a gunfight that broke out during the raid; the woman was caught in the crossfire. The Brigade of the Promised Day was created by Sadr...
  • Division Commander in Iraq Voices Concern over Election Meddling

    01/14/2009 3:43:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 288+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2009 – With violence levels greatly reduced, meddling from outside influences is a concern surrounding upcoming Iraqi elections, a U.S. commander in Iraq said today. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commander of Multinational Division Center, said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has pledged that Baghdad will do all it can to prevent defrauding of the Jan. 31 provincial elections by internal and external forces. “We agree with [Maliki] that everybody should let Iraqis make their own decisions in this election,” he told reporters at a news conference in Baghdad. “What’s important to Iraq is that elections be...
  • U.S., Iraqi Forces Prepare for Election-fueled Violence

    01/12/2009 3:39:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 270+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 – U.S. and Iraqi forces in Iraq’s Diyala province are preparing for rising violence amid upcoming provincial elections, an Army commander in Iraq said at a Pentagon news conference today. Army Col. Burt Thompson, commander of the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said he anticipates an increase in violent activities as the Jan. 31 polling date nears. “It's pretty clear what they'd be going after,” Thompson said, referring to potential election saboteurs. “It's to sway the hearts and the minds, to intimidate those civilians from going and voting.” Thompson, speaking via video teleconference...
  • Iraq: Cleric urges 'revenge operations' over Gaza (Muqtada al-Sadr)

    01/07/2009 10:13:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 699+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/07/09 | AP
    NAJAF, Iraq – Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on the Iraqi resistance Wednesday to stage "revenge operations" against American forces to protest Israel's Gaza offensive. The statement issued by his office in the Shiite holy city of Najaf came as criticism is mounting over civilian deaths in Gaza. The State Department dismissed al-Sadr's calls, describing them as "outrageous."
  • Iraqis stage mass anti-US rally

    10/18/2008 12:29:18 PM PDT · by austrian · 45 replies · 971+ views
    Supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr have staged a mass demonstration in Baghdad in protest against plans to extend the US mandate in Iraq. An estimated 50,000 protesters chanted slogans such as "Get out occupier!". Iraqi and US negotiators drafted the deal after months of talks but it still needs approval from Iraq's government. Under the agreement US troops would withdraw by 2011, and Iraq would have the right to prosecute Americans who commit crimes while off-duty. The UN mandate for US-led coalition forces expires at the end of this year. About 144,000 of the 152,000 foreign troops deployed there...
  • Muqtada al-Sadr urges rejection of US-Iraqi pact

    10/18/2008 8:40:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 567+ views
    BAGHDAD – Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Saturday called on Iraq's parliament to reject a U.S.-Iraqi security pact as tens of thousands of his followers rallied in Baghdad against the deal. The mass public show of opposition came as U.S. and Iraqi leaders face a Dec. 31 deadline to reach agreement on the deal, which would replace an expiring U.N. mandate authorizing the U.S.-led forces in Iraq. Al-Sadr's message was read by his aide Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Mohammadawi before a huge crowd of mostly young men waving Iraqi and green Shiite flags and chanting slogans including "no, no to the agreement"...
  • A US Withdrawal Deal with Sadr?

    08/08/2008 6:12:50 PM PDT · by flyfree · 30 replies · 189+ views
    time ^ | Aug. 08, 2008 | MARK KUKIS
    Shi'ite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr stepped back into Iraq's political fray Friday with an offer that (if genuine) Washington would be hard-pressed to refuse: Set a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and the Mahdi Army will begin to disband. "The main reason for the armed resistance is the American military presence," said Sadr emissary Salah al-Ubaidi, who spoke to reporters in Najaf Friday. "If the American military begins to withdrawal, there will be no need for these armed groups." Sadr in the past has vowed to expand the humanitarian work of his movement but promised to maintain...
  • Report: Sadr to disarm Mahdi Army (U.S. Winning In Iraq Alert!)

    08/06/2008 6:24:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 35 replies · 143+ views
    Stars & Stries ^ | 6 Aug 08 | S&S
    Report: Sadr to disarm Mahdi Army Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr intends to disarm his once-dominant Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The transformation would represent a significant turnaround for a group that has been one of the most destabilizing anti-American forces in Iraq. A new brochure, obtained by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by al-Sadr’s chief spokesman, Sheik Salah al-Obeidi, states that the Mahdi Army will now be guided by Shiite spirituality instead of anti-American militancy. The group will focus...
  • Radical Iraq Cleric in Retreat

    08/04/2008 6:27:19 PM PDT · by flyfree · 28 replies · 207+ views
    wsj ^ | August 5, 2008 | GINA CHON
    BAGHDAD -- Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- long a thorn in the side of the U.S. military and Iraqi government -- intends to disarm his once-feared Mahdi Army militia and remake it as a social-services organization. The transformation would represent a significant turnabout for a group that, as recently as earlier this year, was seen as one of the most destabilizing anti-American forces in Iraq. For much of the past several years, the Mahdi Army, headed by Mr. Sadr, a Shiite cleric, controlled sizable chunks of Baghdad and other major cities. Its brand of pro-Shiite activism had the side effect...
  • Sadr Becomes Traitor, Iranian Agent, Against Iraq

    06/27/2008 8:40:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 114+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | Jun 27 2008 | AJStrata
    Seems like Moqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American Iraqi Shiite cleric hiding in Iran, has decided to become Iraq’s version of Benedict Arnold: The Mehdi Army of Moqtada Sadr is evolving into a clandestine movement following Iraqi military operations targeting the group, intelligence suggests.The military wing of the Sadrist Movement, the political party loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, is “turning itself into a secret armed organization,” an Iraqi intelligence official told the Gulf News on condition of anonymity.Iraqi intelligence reports suggest the group’s numbers have dwindled from around 50,000 to as few as 150 in the past few years.Intelligence officials credit...
  • Sadrist movement withdraws from political process [Checkmate!]

    06/15/2008 12:10:10 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 35 replies · 150+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 6/15/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Muqtada al Sadr. Muqtada al Sadr has ordered the Sadrist political movement to boycott the upcoming provincial elections. Sadr's order comes one day after his order to disband the Mahdi Army as a fighting force and the creations of a small, armed wing to attack Coalition forces exclusively. Sadrist aides claim Sadr rejects the election process and fears being associated with the occupation. "Sayyid Muqtada does not believe in elections or in the coming provincial governments as long as the occupation forces are here," Salah al Obaidi, a senior aide to Sadr, told The Washington Post. "We don't want...
  • Al-Sadr calls for restraint from his militia (Loser knows he has lost)

    06/13/2008 8:49:40 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 4 replies · 105+ views
    AP ^ | 6-13-08 | Mikey_1962
    Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called for restraint in an apparent bid to exert control over his Mahdi Army militia fighters. A statement read after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kufa says the Shiite militia will continue to resist U.S.-led forces in Iraq but fighting should be limited to a select group. He says "weapons will be in the hands of this group exclusively and will only be directed at the occupier," using standard rhetoric for the American forces in Iraq. He warns those who disobey will be "disowned by me."
  • Democratic Primary Boosts U.S. Image Around the World [Barf Alert!]

    06/04/2008 6:40:21 PM PDT · by melt · 33 replies · 135+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/4/08 | Kevin Sullivan
    LONDON, June 4 -- For much of the world, Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the Democratic primaries was a moment to admire the United States, at a time when the nation's image abroad has been seriously damaged. From hundreds of supporters crowded around televisions in rural Kenya, Obama's ancestral homeland, to jubilant Britons writing "WE DID IT!" on the "Brits for Barack" site on Facebook, people celebrated what they called an important racial and generational milestone for the United States. "This is close to a miracle. I was certain that some things will not happen in my lifetime," said Sunila...
  • Covert Radio and the Long War Journal on Al Sadr, Iran's Nukes and Pakistan's Taliban Deals

    06/04/2008 4:11:31 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 3 replies · 120+ views
    I sat down for my weekly visit with Bill Roggio from Long War Jounral.Org. This episode features all the latest on the fight with the Mahdi Army in New Baghdad and Moqtada Al Sadr’s inability to rally the Arab Street to his side. We also discuss the increasing action between the Iraqi army and the Iranians who keep trying to bring the fight into Iraq. We also discuss the current situation Vis a Vis the Iranian nuclear program and whether diplomacy is an option. Finally we look at the fruits of bad diplomacy in the form of the Taliban and...
  • Lawmakers loyal to al-Sadr denounce Iraqi gov't ("black clouds" on the horizon for truces)

    05/24/2008 9:28:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/08 | Hamid Ahmed - ap
    BAGHDAD - Lawmakers loyal to anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accused the Iraqi government of trying to crush the movement and warned Saturday of "black clouds" on the horizon for truces that have eased fighting between al-Sadr's militia and security forces. The Sadrist Movement has heightened its rhetoric against the government in recent days, raising concerns over the cease-fires in the southern city of Basra and Baghdad's Sadr City district, the stronghold of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. Still, the lawmakers and other al-Sadr officials said they are adhering to the truces. The cease-fires are crucial to Iraqi security forces' sweeps in...
  • Iraq - Iraqi forces enter Sadr's Baghdad bastion

    05/20/2008 2:23:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 228+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | May 20, 2008
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, May 20 (Reuters) - Iraq's army moved on Tuesday to take control of Baghdad's Sadr City, power base of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, in another step to stamp government authority over areas previously outside its control. A spokesman for Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, Major-General Qassim Moussawi, said soldiers had launched "Operation Peace" in the sprawling eastern Baghdad slum early on Tuesday. Iraqi soldiers, who previously controlled only the outer perimeter of Sadr City, advanced deep into the poor suburb, home to 2 million people, without meeting any opposition, he said. "We are taking control of three-quarters...
  • Sadrist leader cannot confirm or deny Al Sadr held in Qom

    05/17/2008 9:10:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 245+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 17/05/2008 | Maad Fayad
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat - In response to the claim that the Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr is present in the Iranian city of Qom, Asmaa al Mousawi, leading member of the Al Sadr political bloc in Iraq, told Asharq Al-Awsat, “We can neither confirm nor deny this information and we cannot discuss the whereabouts of Sayyed Muqtada al Sadr for security reasons.” A reliable Iraqi source based in Qom told Asharq Al-Awsat Friday, “Al Sadr is held in a house affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He is isolated from others; nobody is allowed to see him and he...
  • Brand New Covert Radio and the Long War Journal Look at Iraq!

    05/13/2008 1:27:21 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 1 replies · 76+ views
    Covert Radio Show and Long War Journal ^ | 05/13/2008 | Brett Winterble
    It is the latest issue of Covert Radio and the LongWar Journal.Org. Today Brett speaks with Bill Roggio and Bill Ardolino. Bill Roggio breaks down the latest from the front lines in the war on terror, including Al Qaeda terrorists who have moved from Iraq to Afghanistan. Then Bill and Brett are joined by Bill Ardolino who was embedded in Iraq until a few days ago. Bill Ardolino, brings us the latest stuff from the ground, including the growing anger among Iraqis at Iranian meddling, and the degree to which the US Military is taking out the Mahdi Fighters. Finally...
  • Special Podcast: Covert Radio and Long War Journal

    05/06/2008 1:55:43 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 7 replies · 109+ views
    Covert Radio Via the Long War Journal ^ | 05/06/2008 | Brett Winterble and Bill Roggio
    Brand News episode of Covert Radio is now available; Brett Winterble interviews Bill Roggio to talk about Iraq, Iran and the growing Shiite unease with Al Sadr's Mahdi Army. Bill also shares his insight on Khatami's recent comments about exporting revolution. Brett and Bill also talk about the recent over the horizon strikes into Somalia.
  • The Truth About Iraq's Casualty Count ( MAX BOOT )

    05/03/2008 6:06:18 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 229+ views ^ | May 3, 2008 | MAX BOOT
    The newspapers are predictably filled with articles about how 52 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq last month – the highest toll since September. Iraqi civilian casualties are also said to be at the highest level since August. These losses are being used to cast aspersions on claims of progress in Iraq. Even one death is too many and 52 deaths is tragedy multiplied 52-fold. But let's keep some perspective. As the website makes clear, for better or worse, April was still one of the lighter-casualty months during the long war in Iraq. More important, casualties cannot be looked at...
  • Can We Prevail If We've Lost Energy Savvy?

    05/02/2008 5:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 64+ views
    IBD ^ | May 2, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The gloomy election year refrain is that America is mired in Iraq, took its eye off Afghanistan, empowered Iran and is losing the war on terror. But how accurate is that pessimistic diagnosis? First, the good news. For all the talk of a recent Tet-like offensive in Basra, the Mahdi army of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr suffered an ignominious setback when his gunmen were routed from their enclaves. This rout helped the constitutional — and Shiite-dominated — government of Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki renew its authority and has encouraged Sunnis to re-enter government. Two great threats to Iraqi...
  • Iraqi police say gunmen kill local commander of anti-U.S. Shiite cleric ( In Basra )

    04/28/2008 10:08:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 99+ views ^ | 2008-04-28 14:26:13 - | AP
    BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi police say gunmen have assassinated a local commander of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the southern city of Basra. A police official says Ali Ghalib, a commander of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army in the Hakimiya neighborhood in central Basra, was gunned down by gunmen on a motorcycle as he was driving on Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The assassination comes amid intensified clashes between al-Sadr's followers and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.
  • Brand New Covert Radio: Interviews Bill Roggio on what is really going on in Basra and Mosul.

    04/25/2008 12:13:11 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 58+ views
    Brand New Episode of Covert Radio is now up and ready for you to download. This week, Brett talked to Bill Roggio from the Long War Journal. Bill just returned from Iraq a couple of weeks back and he has some great insight into Basra, Al Sadr, and the latest moves by Al Qaeda in Iraq in Mosul. Bill also shares his thoughts on the Northwest Province in Pakistan. You can download it directly from here. or over at
  • Sadr Crumbles As Basra Breathes Freedom

    04/25/2008 8:40:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 92+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | Friday, April 25th, 2008 at 7:19 am. | AJStrata
    When the Sadr-Maliki story first broke during the initial push into Basra I noted something was distinctly missing from the news about Maliki’s failed efforts and Sadr’s grand victory - there was no dancing in the streets in response to the news stories? There were no cheers for Sadr, no celebrations by the Iraqi people. If this was the Muslim Street rising up to throw off the occupiers from the West - where were the throngs of people taking to the streets? It struck me as very odd that the only spontaneous cheer to rise up from the initial operations...
  • Iraqi Army Soldiers Discover Large Cache with Iranian-Marked Weapons

    04/21/2008 4:22:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 87 replies · 152+ views
    An Iraqi soldier with the 1st Iraqi Army examines one of more than 160 mortars found during Operation Charge of the Knights in Basra April 19. Some of the markings on the weapons indicate a manufacturing date in 2007. U.S. Army photo. BASRA — The Iraqi Army discovered a large weapons and munitions cache in a house located in the Al Hyyaniyah area of Basra April 19. Soldiers from the 1st Iraqi Army discovered the cache during the search phase of Operation Charge of the Knights. The cache consisted of a large number of weaponry with Iranian markings. The cache...
  • Al-Qaeda speaks (Z-Man rants about Iraq & Mookie)

    04/21/2008 5:44:19 PM PDT · by G8 Diplomat · 6 replies · 153+ views
    Belmont Club ^ | 4/21/2008 | Wretchard
    The Iraq Status report has a translation of al-Qaeda's Zawahiri's call to do or die in Iraq. The full text follows after the Read More. The most comedic moment comes when he tries to revile Moqtada al-Sadr as a poseur and a loser; saying in effect that the Boy Wonder is all hat and no cattle. What old whiskers fails to realize is that he might very well be talking about himself. "Iraq today is now the most important arena in which our Muslim nation is waging the battle against the forces of the Crusader-Zionist campaign. Therefore, backing the mujahidin...
  • Sign Language for Islamists

    04/20/2008 11:19:58 PM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 13 replies · 214+ views
    New York Times Video ^ | April, 2008 | Stephen Farell
    New York Times VideoIn Sadr City, Hashem Hadi Obaid translates sermons by preachers loyal to Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American cleric, into sign language.Iraq's most anti-western demagogue is determined to bring the message to those who can't hear it. In Sadr City, Hashem Hadi Obaid translates sermons by preachers loyal to Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American cleric, into sign language.
  • Iraq - Sadr threatens to declare 'open war' if crackdown continues

    04/19/2008 2:40:07 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 41 replies · 145+ views
    AFP via translation | April 19, 2008
    via translation - Sadr threat of an "open war" if the attacks against him are continuing NAJAF (Iraq) - The head radical anti-American Moqtada Sadr threatened Saturday to launch "an open war" if the operations of American and Iraqi forces against his movement continued, in a statement signed by him and published in Najaf (south of Baghdad). "I give a final warning, and I gave my word to the Iraqi government to choose the path of peace and stop the violence against its own people, if it is a government of destruction," the young religious leader. "If it does not...
  • Iraq - Iraqi troops surround Sadr office in Basra

    04/18/2008 3:51:07 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 93+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | April 18, 2008 | Aref Mohammed
    Excerpt - BASAR, Iraq, April 18 (Reuters) - Iraqi troops cordoned off the Basra office of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers on Friday and prevented them holding prayers in a move that seems sure to inflame tensions. The government and Sadr followers confirmed the operation, which comes nearly a month after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki launched a crackdown on Sadr's Mehdi Army militia in Basra, sparking violent clashes across the south and in Baghdad. "We have orders from the prime minister to take back all the governmental buildings that are occupied by parties and political movements in Basra within 48...
  • Murder's Mess for Muqtada

    04/16/2008 5:42:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 197+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 16, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Murder's Mess for Muqtada April 16, 2008 New York Post Amir Taheri Riad al-Noori liked to boast that a "host of angels" protected him, along with his 250 heavily armed bodyguards. Yet, he has just been gunned down in his home in Najaf, Iraq's principal "holy" city, by a three-man hit team that managed to get away without any of the angels or bodyguards making a move. Noori was a bad man but an important player in the dirtiest corner of Iraqi Shiite politics. He headed the special bureau of Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick mullah sponsored by Tehran. Himself a...
  • Whittling Away At Sadr

    04/14/2008 8:44:55 AM PDT · by Crush T Velour · 15 replies · 98+ views ^ | 4/2/08 | Austin Bay
    [...] Now the Shia-led Iraqi government focuses on its chief Shia nemesis. How the Iraqi government handles Sadr matters. In August 2004, Sadr's thugs grabbed the Grand Mosque in Najaf. Sadr was counting on Americans to bomb the mosque. The United States opted to follow the political lead of Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Sistani's aides told coalition officers: "Let us deal with Sadr. We know how to handle him and will do so. However, the coalition must not make him a martyr." The Iraqi way often appears to be indecisive, until you learn to look at its counter-insurgency methods...
  • 1,300 Iraqi troops, police dismissed

    04/14/2008 8:39:31 AM PDT · by awake-n-angry · 60 replies · 145+ views
    Yahoo-AP ^ | April 14, 2008 | Slobodan Lekic
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's government moved Sunday to restore discipline within the ranks of the security forces, sacking more than 1,300 soldiers and policemen who deserted during recent fighting against Shiite militias in Basra. At the same time, Iraq's Cabinet ratcheted up the pressure on anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr by approving draft legislation barring political parties with militias from participating in upcoming provincial elections.
  • More than 200 dead as battle rages in Baghdad ( Sadr City...)

    04/12/2008 4:49:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 61 replies · 110+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | April 13, 2008 | Marie Colvin and Ali Rifat
    THE toll from fierce fighting in Baghdad’s Sadr City has risen to at least 200 dead and more than 1,000 injured, according to doctors in the besieged suburb. US and Iraqi troops killed at least 13 gunmen in heavy fighting there yesterday against the Mahdi Army loyal to the radical Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The reports from Sadr City hospitals suggest far higher casualty figures than previously reported, although they cannot be independently verified. Dr Qassem Mudalal, the director of the Imam Ali hospital, said: “There are 230 killed, I can confirm, in the hospitals of Sadr City. I’ve...
  • Top aide to al-Sadr assassinated in Iraq

    04/11/2008 3:08:32 PM PDT · by infantrywhooah · 11 replies · 54+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 April 08 | ROBERT H. REID AP
    BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated a top aide of anti-American leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday, sharpening a Shiite power struggle that has already triggered fighting between the cleric's followers and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. Riyadh al-Nouri, director of al-Sadr's office in Najaf, was gunned down by an unknown number assailants near his home after returning from prayer services, police and Sadrist officials said. Al-Sadr blamed the Americans and their Iraqi allies for the killing but called for calm — presumably to avoid a showdown at a time his Mahdi Army militia is under pressure by Iraqi and U.S.-led forces in Baghdad...