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He ended his ten year-long political campaign in a televised speech lasting around 11 minutes. In that speech Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said a number of disturbing things: that current Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a dictator, that Iraq'
The fiery Shiite cleric and political figure Moqtada al-Sadr announced that he is leaving politics. Sadar was famous for his fierce criticism and resistance to the U.S. invasion. He has also been highly critical of prime minister Nouris Al
Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's announced exit from politics two months before elections may be a "gift" to rivals but could also be another temporary withdrawal, experts say. Sadr's political career began with his fierce opposition to
However, he said, his satellite channel Al-Adwaa and a Quran radio station would keep open. Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr has announced that he is quitting politics and that all his offices across the country would be shut down permanently. "I
Influential Iraqi cleric, one of the leaders of the Shiite Moqtada al-Sadr, who gained fame as a result of active demonstrations against the invasion of international forces in Iraq in 2003, announced its intention to stop his political
Iraq's radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has announced he is retiring from political life, in a handwritten note posted on his website. The statement said he would not hold future government positions or have any representatives in parliament. Mr Sadr
There is no city like Najaf, which stands on the edge of the desert a few miles west of the Euphrates in Iraq. It was in nearby Kufa in 661 that Imam Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Mohamed, was badly wounded by an assassin and, as he
A fter Mecca and Medina, Najaf and Karbala are the most revered by Shia Muslims. Even with all the news of war, terrorism, firing and bombing happening in Iraq, Shia Muslims are not deterred from visiting this least peaceful country in the world.
Rise in Deadly Attacks on Shiites in Iraq Stir Anger at Government Karim Kadim/Associated Press A site in a Shiite neighborhood in Sadr City where suicide bombers last week struck a funeral tent, killing nearly 100 people. As Satar Jabar mourned the
The Saturday Profile A Sadrist Governor Is a Folk Hero to Iraqis Adam Ferguson for The New York Times It doesn't make a difference if you are Sunni or Shiite or Christian...One man poked his head in the scrum and said, simply, I just wanted to give