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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

The Silent Cleric Who Holds the Key to Iran’s Future

We like to believe—and newspapers and television like us to believe—that the battle for Iran is being fought on the streets of Tehran, of Isfahan, of Najafabad. Untrue. The future of the nation is being decided in Qom, among the clerical leaders of Iranian Shia Islam; and one of the most influential of them—perhaps the closest of all the ayatollahs to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—is silent.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / STR

At Least 13 Dead in Gaza Mosque Gunfight

A deadly showdown that pitted an al-Qaida-associated organization against Hamas and police troops left at least 13 killed and 85 wounded in the Gaza Strip on Friday, marking the worst day of violence in the region since January’s Israeli offensive, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad protest
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Thousands of Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation

Tens of thousands of Iraqis, with remote guidance from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, joined in a demonstration in Baghdad on Saturday to implore the Iraqi parliament to reject a security pact with the U.S. before the year’s end.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Sarko and Bush
AP photo / Francois Mori

Bush Optimistic in the Face of Iraqi Resistance

Despite two major challenges to the U.S. from Iraq on Friday—in the form of a breakdown in negotiations between the two nations over long-term plans for U.S. involvement there and Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s renewed call to arms against U.S. forces in Iraq—President Bush maintained a positive tone while discussing American-Iraqi relations on the Parisian leg of his current European tour.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008 READ MORE


Sadr City protest
AP photo/ Karim Kadim

Sadr Warns of ‘Open War’

Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a strong warning to the Iraqi government Saturday, claiming that he and his supporters will “declare a war until liberation” if a crackdown against his Mahdi Army continues.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Sadr: U.S. Will Always Be Enemy

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr maintained his defiant stance against the U.S. as intense fighting in Sadr City and Najaf claimed more lives this weekend, including that of a Sadr relative and supporter, Riyad al-Nuri.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 READ MORE


Al-Sadr Calls on Iraqis to Fight U.S.

Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia to redouble efforts to oust U.S. forces and called on Iraq’s army and police to join him. The U.S. military, meantime, said 10 American troops were killed over the weekend, including six on Sunday.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


Sadr
msnbcmedia.msn.com

Sadr Considers Cease-Fire

Muqtada al-Sadr may call for a monthlong unilateral cease-fire amid the formation of a new political coalition in Iraq.  Sadr is set to meet Thursday with key Shiite political leaders and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to discuss his role, or lack thereof, in the changing political landscape.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Iraqi Shiites Rally: ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

Over 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Baghdad to show support for Hezbollah. Attendees burned American and Israeli flags, and pledged their willingness to die for Hezbollah. (WashPo, NYT)

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


Death Urged For Yemeni Editor in Cartoons Case

Just when we thought the Muhammad cartoon-related madness had faded….

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


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