Iraq: 'This is war,' say Kurds in oil fight with Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's dispute with Iraq's Kurdish minority over its independent oil exports has escalated with the central government blocking Kurdistan's share of the state budget and banning two airlines that operate between Europe and the Kurds' semiautonomous northern enclave.

Iraq's turmoil likely to grow as Shiite leader Sadr bows out

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki battles to recapture a third town seized by al-Qaida insurgents amid fears Iraq's sliding toward another sectarian civil war, the decision by Shiite religious leader Moqtada al-Sadr to withdraw from politics weeks before parliamentary elections is expected to add to Iraq's swelling crisis.

Cleric urges voters to keep Iraq out of 'hands of dishonest'

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Iraqis must vote in upcoming parliamentary elections to prevent the country from falling "into the hands of the dishonest," a powerful cleric said Tuesday.

Iraq: Execution-style killings signal return of Shiite death squads

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The growing number of dead men found in the streets and canals of Baghdad, mostly shot in the head, some bearing the marks of torture, is stirring fears that the Shiite death squads who slaughtered hundreds, possibly thousands, of Sunnis during the dark days of Iraq's sectarian bloodbath are back in business.

Iraq battered by Syria war, key elections

BAGHDAD, April 17 (UPI) -- Iraq is being blasted daily by suicide bombings and shootings spawned by the civil war in neighboring Syria amid the run-up to municipal elections.
Syria rebels gain ground with foreign help

Syria rebels gain ground with foreign help

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 21 (UPI) -- Syrian rebels seem to be gaining ground in their increasingly bloody 15-month-old uprising to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and his minority Alawite regime.
Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki

Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki

BAGHDAD, June 5 (UPI) -- Iran appears to be getting concerned about an effort to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by rivals who say he's becoming a dictator.

Anti-U.S. cleric pressures Iraqi P.M.

BAGHDAD, July 20 (UPI) -- An anti-U.S. cleric whose followers hold 12 percent of the Iraqi Parliament's seats is poised to influence formation of a government, political observers say.
Petraeus: Iraq violence at turning point

Petraeus: Iraq violence at turning point

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday the Iraqi government's willingness to take on a Shiite militia was a turning point in the conflict.

Fighting reported in Baghdad's Sadr City

BAGHDAD, May 14 (UPI) -- Despite a recently signed truce between Shiite militant groups, fighting Wednesday claimed at least five victims in Baghdad's Sadr City area.

Iraqi projects on target despite violence

BAGHDAD, May 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi reconstruction projects progressed and displaced people returned home despite violence from criminal gangs in Sadr City, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Sadr condemns 'terrorist occupier'

BAGHDAD, April 21 (UPI) -- Moqtada al-Sadr Monday called on the Iraqi government to put a stop to visits from "the terrorist occupier" following a visit by the U.S. secretary of state.

Pentagon: Iraq stepped up to face militias

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Fighting between Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias could be a sign of the government's ability to take on its own problems, the U.S. military said.

Iraq Press Roundup

In its editorial "Moqtada has awakened," Kitabat newspaper addressed Moqtada Sadr's realization that his Mahdi Army was deepening sectarian divisions.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Iraqi troops in fierce battle in Basra

BASRA, Iraq, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- About 40 people were killed Friday in fighting between a radical Shiite fringe group and Iraqi forces as the Shiite Muslim festival of Ashura began.
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Moqtada al-Sadr
Demonstrators display a poster of anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr during a protest march after Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City Iraq on August 8, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ali Jasim)

Sayyid Muqtadā al-Ṣadr (Arabic: سيد مقتدى الصدر) (born August 12, 1973) is an Iraqi Islamic political leader.

Along with Ali al-Sistani and Ammar al-Hakim of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Sadr is one of the most influential religious and political figures in the country not holding any official title in the Iraqi government.

He is often referred to as Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr. The title Sayyid (approx. "Mr." or "Sir") is generally used among the Shi‘a to denote persons descending directly from the Prophet Muhammad, through his daughter Fatimah's marriage with Ali. Thus a great deal of respect is paid by the Shi'as to the Sayyids throughout Shi'a society. The al-Sadr family has a clear and distinct lineage that can be traced directly to Muhammad. The lineage is traced through Imam Jafar al-Sadiq and his son Imam Musa al-Kadhim, the sixth and seventh Shi‘a Imams respectively.

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