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Keyword: Muqtada al-Sadr

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Opinion

All are not saints that go to church!

Abu Dharr

Dhu al-Hijjah 10, 14382017-09-01

Sayid Muqtada al Sadr’s visit at the end of July to meet Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman raised more than eyebrows. What was a respected Shi‘i alim doing sipping coffee with the virulently anti-Shi‘i Wahhabis?

Daily News Analysis

Seyyed Moqtada al-Sadr announces exit from Iraqi politics

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14352014-02-16

Seyyed Moqtada al-Sadr, one of the most prominent political-religious figures in Iraq has made a surprise announcement to quit politics. If he sticks to this decision, it will have serious repercussions for Iraq's politics that is heading for elections in two months' time.

Special Reports

The Muqtada al-Sadr phenomenon: the key force in Iraqi politics

Khalil Fadl

Jumada' al-Ula' 27, 14292008-06-01

As Iraq has lurched from one crisis to another since the US invasion in 2003, one figure has become increasingly influential and even dominant in the country’s politics: young Shi’a leader Muqtada al-Sadr. KHALIL FADL profiles the man some regard as a future leader of the country.

Main Stories

Intensifying conflict in Sadr City underscores US and Iraqi government’s fear of Muqtada al-Sadr

Khalil Fadl

Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14292008-05-01

After months of wishing away young anti-American Shi’a alim Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki is trying to marginalize the Sadrist Current (al-Tayyar al-Sadri) by military means. But the Iraqi military offensive against the Sadrists, which was supposed to demonstrate the power of the central government, has actually laid bare its weaknesses and highlighted the political weight of Sadr’s movement. Operation Cavalry Charge (Sawlat al-Fursan), which began on March 25 in Basra and set off clashes with Mahdi Army fighters in several cities throughout southern Iraq and in the Baghdad itself, has also underlined the growing influence of Iran in post-Saddam Iraq.

Occupied Arab World

Relief in Washington and Baghdad as Muqtada al-Sadr extends ceasefire

Khalil Fadl

Safar 23, 14292008-03-01

Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr, the young, staunchly anti-American firebrand of the Iraqi Shi‘a community, has been largely absent from view for more than a year, but the tense anticipation with which decision-makers in Baghdad and Washington awaited his expected announcement at the end of February showed his continued importance to Iraq's political scene and its future.

Occupied Arab World

Competition for power among Shi’a groups creates new problems in Iraq

Nasr Salem

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14282007-12-01

A country that has been looking down the precipice of sectarian and ethnic strife for the past few years can certainly do without more violent intra-communal rivalry. Yet it was exactly such a dangerous scenario that seemed to be unfolding when 3,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen, supported by military tanks, aircraft and hundreds of US and Polish troops, on November 17 launched Operation Lion's Leap in the Iraqi city of Diwaniyyah, the capital of the south-central province of Qadisiyyah. The assault was supposed to flush out armed militiamen loyal to Shi’a alim Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr from the city, which has been the ground of a turf-war between Sadr's faction and its Shi’a archrival, the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) led by Sayyid Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim.

Editorials

Why the US’s Baghdad security plan is bound to fail

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-03-01

Although US and Iraqi officials talked up the successes of the new Baghdad security plan implemented in early February, events on the ground suggest little has changed. Speaking to the media, officials said that the numbers of deaths in the capital dropped by up to 80 percent in the first five days of the plan.

Book Review

Paul Bremer’s self-serving defence of his role as the US’s vice-consul in Iraq

Nasr Salem

Dhu al-Qa'dah 10, 14272006-12-01

My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III with Malcolm McConnell. Pub: Simon & Schuster, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, 2006. Pp: 417. Hbk: $27.00.

Occupied Arab World

Mounting Iraqi deaths as US tries to reassert control over Iraq

Iqbal Siddiqui

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-10-01

September 2004 was described as “a month of death in Iraq” by one Arab commentator after a series of major clashes in which at least a thousand Iraqis, many of them civilians, were killed...

Editorials

Resistance and realism among Iraqi Shi’as as Mahdi Army defy US forces in Najaf

Editor

Rajab 16, 14252004-09-01

One of the questions asked before the so-called transfer of power from US pro-consul Paul Bremer to Iyad Allawi at the end of June was whether the new Iraqi government would be able to prevent another brutal and murderous US assault on an Iraqi city like the one on Falluja in April...

Editorials

The achievements and dilemmas of the resistance in Iraq

Editor

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

The key achievement of the resistance is Iraq is not difficult to identify: by maintaining constant pressure on the US occupation forces, as well as those of the US’s allies, from the outset of the invasion to the present, the Iraqi mujahideen have totally disproved the US’s claims...

Occupied Arab World

Iraqi Shi’as polarised around the al-Sadr movement

Nasr Salem

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

The Mahdi Army, led by Iraqi Shi’ah leader Muqtada al-Sadr, has marked the end of another chapter in its two-and-half-month-long armed insurrection against the US-led occupation troops: on June 24 it declared a unilateral ceasefire in the Baghdad slum-township of Sadr City...

Occupied Arab World

Near stalemate as Muqtada al-Sadr uprising fails to take off but refuses to collapse

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Thani 13, 14252004-06-01

The Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, one of the holiest shrines in Iraq, was reportedly damaged by shell-fire on May 25, as US troops maintained their pressure on the al-Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr...

Occupied Arab World

US determined to protect key interests despite turning to UN to solve its problems in Iraq

Iqbal Siddiqui

Rabi' al-Thani 13, 14252004-06-01

With the US presidential elections due to be held in November, and painfully aware of the fact that the terrorist attack on Madrid in March was timed for maximum political impact in Spain's elections, the Bush regime is desperate for something they can present as progress in Iraq as soon as possible...

Occupied Arab World

Iraqi anger at US overcomes doubts about leadership of Muqtada al-Sadr

Nasr Salem

Rajab 16, 14252004-05-01

Although the outcome is still unresolved, the ongoing stand-off between the US-led occupation forces and supporters of young Shi’i alim Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr can hardly be anything but ominous for the neo-conservative hawks in Washington...

Occupied Arab World

Ulama continue to pay the price for speaking out in Saddam’s Iraq

Our Own Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14191999-04-01

Ayatullah Muhammed Sadiq al-Sadr was a marked man the moment he demanded that the Iraqi regime release 106 Islamic scholars jailed since the March 1991 uprising in Southern Iraq. He was gunned down together with his two sons - Mustafa and Muammal - in the holy city of Najaf on February 19, a week after his defiant call.

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