iOS app Android app

Shiite Militias

Why Defeating ISIS in Baghdad Is a Long Shot

P.J. Dermer | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
P.J. Dermer

In Baghdad and its environs, the same Shia militias that Maliki condemned to death and US forces so hardily fought only a few years ago are back and better armed than ever. And ISF and police are "absorbing" these militias by the battalion.

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...

Defeat in Iraq: Muqtada's Return

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

The return of Muqtada Al-Sadr, a junior Shia cleric and head of the Mehdi Army militia, from his refuge in Iran to a prominent role in Iraqi politics ...

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...

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.

Iraq: 3,000 High-Risk Detainees

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

If these the 18,500 Iraqi detainees, when freed, return to terrorist activity, it will be the biggest road block to a stable democracy in Iraq -- if that's even possible.

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.

Shiite Leader al-Sadr Seeks To Be Iraq Icon Like His Father

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the revered head of Iraq's largest Shiite opposition group was assassinated in 1999, the mantle of leadership passed to an unexpected heir: Moqta...

Iraqi team seeks halt to suspected Iranian aid to militias

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Iraqi envoys stepped up pressure on Iran during a mission Thursday that seeks to bolster claims that Tehran is arming and training Shi...

Al-Sadr Considers Restarting Full-Scale Fight Against US-Led Forces

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Muqtada al-Sadr is considering setting aside his political ambitions and restarting a full-scale fight against U.S.-led forces _ a wor...

Al-Sadr's followers refuse to disband militia in Iraq

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — Followers of hardline cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raised the stakes Sunday in the showdown with Iraq's government, refusing to disband thei...

Iraq Removes Top Military, Police Commanders After Botched Basra Crackdown

Reuters Via Washington Post | Aref Mohammed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq's government removed the top military and police commanders in Basra on Wednesday, weeks after a botched crackdown on militia fighters there trig...

Iraq Army Unit Flees Post Despite US Soldiers' Pleas

New York Times | MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A company of Iraqi soldiers abandoned their positions on Tuesday night in Sadr City, defying American soldiers who implored them to hold the line agai...

Basra Offensive Exposes Deepening Animosity Between Iraqi Shiites

Washington Post | Sudarsan Raghavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As verses from the Koran floated from a loudspeaker, the Shiite militia commander's face glowered. Inside the cavernous funeral tent, a large portrait...

Fighting Erupts In Baghdad After Week Of Relative Calm

Reuters | Wisam Mohammed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Twenty-two people were killed and 55 wounded in clashes in Baghdad, police said on Sunday, the worst eruption of violence in the capital since Shi'ite...

More Than 1,000 Iraqi Soldiers Quit During Basra Fight

New York Times | STEPHEN FARRELL and JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen either refused to fight or simply abandoned their posts during the inconclusive assault against Shiite mi...

Shiite Cleric al-Sadr Calls For Million-Strong March Against US In Iraq

Reuters | Peter Graff and Ahmed Rasheed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Thursday for 1 million Iraqis to march against U.S. "occupation" next week after his Mehdi Army militia battl...

Al-Sadr Stronghold Brims With Confidence

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Black banners announcing the deaths of Mahdi Army fighters plaster the streets. Scores of Shiite militiamen gather at the funeral of a...

Shiite Fighting In Iraq Exposes Weakness Of Iraqi Security Forces

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the final U.S. Army brigade deployed to Baghdad as part of the troop surge returns to the United States. And that's only appropriate, as th...

AP: Iraqi Prime Minister Left Politically Battered And Humbled

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Rockets fell on the Green Zone and random machine gun fire rang out Monday in the southern city of Basra as Shiite cleric Muqtada al-S...

Al-Sadr Pulls Fighters Off Streets

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — In a possible turning point in the recent upsurge in violence, Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Shiite militiamen off the streets Sunday bu...

Iraq Fighting Underscores Power Struggle

The Guardian | Sam Kiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For once, George Bush's open-faced incomprehension - at Nouri al-Maliki's decision to set off a civil war inside Iraq's Shia community - seems entirel...

Iraq Violence Continues As Death Toll Nears 300

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A strict curfew was extended indefinitely in the Iraqi capital Sunday as the death toll mounted from clashes between government troops and Shiite Musl...

Militiamen Holding Out in Basra Fighting

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Iraq's prime minister warned gunmen in the oil port of Basra to surrender their weapons by Friday or face harsher measures, as clashes...

Is "Success" Of Iraq Surge About To Unravel?

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A cease-fire with Muqtada al Sadr and his loyalists in the Mahd army is showing signs of deterioration. The agreement, which has been critical to the...