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U.S. drone crashes in Afghanistan

U.S. drone crashes in Afghanistan

CHAPARHAR, Afghanistan, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. unmanned drone crashed Saturday in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan's eastern Nangahar province, local authorities said.

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Kabul: New border post 'provocative'

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 2 (UPI) -- Pakistan's construction of a border security post has sparked concern from Afghan officials, who called the action "provocative and unacceptable."

At least 20 dead in Pakistan avalanche

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- An avalanche has killed at least 20 people and buried some 30 others under snow and ice in a remote mountain village in northern Pakistan, an official says.
Musharraf's China trip back on

Musharraf's China trip back on

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he will attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games on Friday after all.

Karzai warned against interference

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 16 (UPI) -- Pakistan, responding to warnings from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, says it won't allow anyone to interfere in its internal affairs.

Kidnapped Pakistani envoy released

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 17 (UPI) -- Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizudin, was freed Saturday three months after he was kidnapped in Pakistan's lawless tribal region.

Pakistan wants no direct U.S. action

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 3 (UPI) -- Pakistan says any direct U.S. action against militants in its violence-hit tribal areas would undermine the war against terrorism.

Pakistan rejects IAEA chief's concerns

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Pakistan, rejecting reported comments by the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said Wednesday its nuclear arsenal is fully secure.

Red Cross workers missing in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Militants abducted two aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross and their Afghan drivers on a highway in southern Afghanistan.

Pakistani intelligence officials killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 27 (UPI) -- Four Pakistani intelligence officials were killed Tuesday in an ambush on the Afghanistan border that left two others critically wounded. The BBC reported that no group has taken credit for the attack in Pakistan's tribal region.

Analysis: How threatening is al-Qaida now?

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- News that U.S. intelligence and its allies disrupted a number of terrorist threats -- including from al-Qaida against U.S. troops in the Gulf -- during the war against Iraq, highlights questions about the nature of the continuing threat posed by the netwo
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U.S. stopped al-Qaida plots against troops

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence agencies and their allies disrupted a number of terrorist threats -- including some from al-Qaida against U.S. troops in the Gulf -- during the war against Iraq, U.S. officials have told United Press International.
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Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr (Arabic: محمد محمّد صادق الصدر‎; Muḥammad Muḥammad Ṣādiq aṣ-Ṣadr) (March 23, 1943 – February 19, 1999), often referred to as Muhammad Sadiq as-Sadr which is his father's name, was a prominent, Iraqi Twelver Shi'a cleric of the rank of Grand Ayatollah. He called for government reform and the release of detained Shi'a leaders. The growth of his popularity, often referred to as the followers of the Vocal Hawza, also put him in competition with other Shi'a leaders, including Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim who was exiled in Iran.

Following the Gulf War, Shi'ites in Southern Iraq went into open rebellion. A number of provinces overthrew the Baathist entities and rebelled against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party. The leadership of the Shi'ite rebellion as well as the Shi'ite doctrine in Iraq was split between Ayatollah Ali Sistani and Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr. Sadr, based in Baghdad, appealed to the younger, more radical Shi'ites from the more impoverished areas of Southern Iraq. The Shi'ites traveled to Baghdad from these poor areas to join Sadr and his Shi'ite leadership. The area which Sadr preached in and these poor Shi'ites occupied became known as "Revolution Township". In this ghetto, Sadr established a secret network of devoted followers and he became an increasingly prominent figure in the Iraqi political scene.

As a result of the disenfranchisement and repression of the Shi'ites in Iraq and the loyalty of the local populations, Saddam Hussein and his Baathist government could not control the Revolution Township on a neighborhood level. Their lack of control limited their ability to effect al-Sadr's power base and the devotion of his followers. Revolution Township was ironically renamed Saddam City, an acute definition of the poverty and oppression Saddam brought to the Shi'ites in the span of his reign over Iraq.

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