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Moqtada Al Sadr

U.S. Hostage Freed

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2012 | World

By Peter Graff BAGHDAD, March 17 (Reuters) - A militia loyal to Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr freed an American former soldier ...

Iraqi Official: Iran-Backed Militia Will Lay Down Arms

AP | ADAM SCHRECK and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 03.07.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — A decision by a Shiite militia to transform itself from an armed, anti-American movement into a viable political force could complicat...

The Fire Next Time

Terence Smith | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Terence Smith

The State Department is operating one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world in Baghdad, but the number of American combat forces in Iraq is zero. How long will it stay that way?

Inside the Mind of the Atari Ayatollah

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Stanley Weiss

If the future of Iraq seems confusing, it is in part due to the fact that nobody seems to know the mind of Moqtada al-Sadr -- including Sadr himself.

USA & Iraq: Preparing for the Long Term

James Denselow | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
James Denselow

After 8 years and a significant decrease in violence from the peak of the civil conflict with attacks down from an average of 49 a day in 2008 to 14 now, the media has grown deaf to the casual horror the country faces.

Tunisia: Democratic Triumph or U.S. Disaster?

Barry Lando | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Barry Lando

Will the Tunisian military really throw open the doors to all political groups? Jasmine uprisings across the Middle East and Central Asia could spell disaster for American policy.

Iraqnophobia: The Political Tornado of American and Iranian Influence in Iraq's Parliament

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Kane

While combat operations may be coming to an end in Iraq, the political three-way chess match between Iraq, Iran and the United States may be just beginning.

Supporting Allawi and Stability in Iraq

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

While Americans want out of Iraq, the stability of the country is far from assured. The best course of action for the U.S. may be to support the outcome of the elections, and the winner, Iyad Allawi.

Sadrist politician blames Maliki for recent Baghdad blasts

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

A prominent Shia politician from the Sadrist political bloc has blamed the Iraqi government for failing to protect religious sites in Baghdad followin...

Channeling Identity Politics in Iraq

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

As events in Iraq show, leaders can both manipulate identities and be constrained by them.

The Sunni-Shia Conflict in Iraq

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Tuesday's deadly coordinated bomb attacks against soft targets in Iraq bear the mark of a simmering Sunni insurgency. But the Sunni-Shia conflict has very little to do with personal religious grudges.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs :The Geopolitical Importance of Syria SI Analysis: Engagement with Syria seems to be a priority for many di...

Moqtada Al-Sadr Appears In Public For First Time In 2 Years

Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Moqtada al-Sadr, one of the most radical figures in Iraqi politics, made his first public appearance for two years when he paid a surprise visit to Tu...

While Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan, Iraq Could Blow Up in His Face

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

There is great reason to suspect that the timeline for withdrawal -- all troops out by 2011 -- announced in February by the Obama administration will prove to be a fallacy.

Moqtada al-Sadr: Iraq's Powerful Insurgent Urges Reprisals Against US Over Gaza

AFP | 8 Mins Ago | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) -- The Shiite radical movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, which fought two wars with US troops in 2004, threatened on Wednesday to resume a...

Bush Talking Turkey Again

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamal Dajani

Standing in front of thousands of applauding soldiers in Kentucky, President Bush staunchly defended the US-led invasion of Iraq. He must have missed the Iraqis pummeling his effigy with their shoes on Friday.

Seth Colter Walls

Bush Running Out Of Time For Iraq-U.S. Security Deal, House Dems Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two House Democrats are expressing "uncertainty" that President Bush will have enough time to finalize the planned Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) w...

Al-Sadr Urges Rejection US-Iraq Pact

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraq's parliament to reject a pact that would extend U.S. presence in Iraq for three...

Iraqi Shi'ite Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr To Disarm If U.S. Withdraws On Timetable

Reuters | Wisam Mohammed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr would dissolve his Mehdi Army militia if the United States starts withdrawing troops according to a s...

Seth Colter Walls

Bush, Maliki Withdrawal Timetable Close: New Signs

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reports are mounting that a "memorandum of understanding" between the United States and the Iraqi government for a military withdrawal by 2010 or 2011...

Buying Time

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

The fragile success of the surge can be easily reversed. Now the issue is sustaining the current conditions long enough for us to start bringing our troops home.

Seth Colter Walls

Rival Iraqi Shiite Camps Both Blast U.S. Security Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You can add two more Iraqi voices to those speaking out on the need to regulate U.S. military action in the country, or remove it altogether. In an i...

How Obama Can Fix Iraq, Short of Withdrawing U.S. Forces

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Every American should hold their head in shame at how our government can't scrounge enough cash to offer asylum to more Iraqis fleeing violence.

Militia Leader al-Sadr Calls For New Offensive Against US Forces

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Bush administration's Iraq policy suffered two major setbacks Friday when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly rejected key U.S. terms for an o...

al-Sadr Supporters Boycotting Provincial Elections

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley and Saad Sarhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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