sectarian violence

Iraqi Soldiers Confess to Rape

Feb 23, 2007
After a Sunni mother of 11 told al-Jazeera she had been raped by Iraqi soldiers, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused her of fabricating the story to stir sectarian tensions. But four men, including an officer who allegedly recorded the crime on his mobile phone, were arrested and confessed to the crime. Update: An alleged victim in a similar rape case has come forward.

Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Feb 14, 2007
Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister's authority.

Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

Feb 14, 2007
An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.
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Baghdad Bombing Kills 130

Feb 4, 2007
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saddam loyalists for a market bombing that killed at least 130 people and injured 305. The market is in a predominantly Shiite district. Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani made an appeal for unity.

U.S. Targets Sadr’s Militia

Jan 23, 2007
The U.S. military says a series of 52 operations over 45 days led to the capture of some 600 militants and 16 leaders of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army. With some estimates placing the size of the Shiite militia at 60,000, that leaves only 59,384 to go.

Maliki Pick Angers Iraqis and Americans Alike

Jan 14, 2007
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's choice of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar, a relatively unknown figure, to head the military in Baghdad has upset Iraqi military commanders and politicians. American commanders have also expressed dissatisfaction with Qanbar, due to the key role he will play in Bush's planned escalation of the war and fears that his promotion might be motivated by a sectarian agenda.

Bush’s New Iraq Policy Taking Shape

Jan 8, 2007
Senior aides said Sunday that the president will finally apply benchmarks to Iraq -- only not for the withdrawal of troops. Bush will offer the guidelines to Iraq's political leadership in an attempt to ease sectarian tension. Meanwhile, the military's new Iraq commander is preparing for an influx of troops, expected to accompany the White House's policy revision.