U.S. welcomes suspension of Iraq militia

BAGHDAD, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. military issued a statement Saturday saying the six-month suspension of Iraq's radical Mehdi Army militia is "encouraging."

700 Mahdi Army members arrested in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 13 (UPI) -- The chief U.S. commander in Iraq says about 700 followers of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are being detained and some militant leaders have fled Baghdad. Gen. David Petraeus said confrontations between al-Sadr's Mahdi Army and coalition forces have decr

Al-Sadr bloc returning to Iraq Parliament

BAGHDAD, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The boycotting six-member al-Sadr bloc says it will rejoin the Iraqi Parliament on Monday. Falah Shanshal, a member of the bloc, said that was the plan despite the arrest earlier Friday of Sheikh Abdel Hadi Al-Diraji, a close aide to the chief of the mili

Iraq militias issue safe-passage ID cards

BAGHDAD, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Despite being officially banned, private anti-government militias are flourishing in Iraq, with some issuing photo-ID cards, The Washington Times reports.

Thousands of Iraqis protest occupation

BAGHDAD, April 9 (UPI) -- Thousands of anti-United States Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis staged a protest Saturday, the second anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.

Marches for and against al-Sadr

BAGHDAD, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Demonstrators for and against radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday crowded streets near Baghdad and in Najaf, CNN reported.

U.S. troops pound Najaf

NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Iraq's Ministry of Health said 49 Iraqis were killed and 27 wounded in Najaf Sunday after U.S. troops hit Mehdi Army positions, CNN reported.

U.S. reportedly suspends Najaf fighting

NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. military suspended operations in Najaf late Friday, awaiting the arrival of an Iraqi delegation for negotiations with Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, CN

Sadr wants interim government to quit

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Rebel Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Saturday the majority in Iraq supports his demand for the interim government to step down.

Iraq negotiations with Shiite rebels fail

NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Peace talks between Iraq's government and rebel forces loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf failed Saturday, CNN reported.

Troops surround cleric Sadr's home in Iraq

KUFA, Iraq, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. forces in Iraq reportedly surrounded the home of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr, battling with gunmen guarding the house.

Al-Sadr militia, U.S. soldiers, clash

BAGHDAD, May 30 (UPI) -- U.S. troops fought with militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Sunday night in Koufa, Iraq, killing about 30 of the insurgents.

Bush says cleric enemy of democracy

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush labeled radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr an enemy of democracy and vowed Monday Iraqis would not see America run.

Iraqi cleric sought for arrest

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- The U.S-led coalition said Monday it will arrest a fiery young Shiite cleric for the murder of a powerful muslim leader last year.

Spanish forces kill 3 Iraqi protesters

BAGHDAD, April 4 (UPI) -- Spanish soldiers killed three Iraqi protesters supporting a Shiite leader and injured several others Sunday in the Iraqi southern holy city of Najaf.
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