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Tens of thousands of followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr marked the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on Monday by demanding improvements in public services in the war-torn country.

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American held captive for 9 months turned over to U.S. Embassy in Iraqupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 08:53:00

An American said to have been held captive for months was turned over Saturday to the U.S. Embassy, a United Nations spokeswoman said.

Al-Sadr to U.S. soldiers: 'Go back to your families'updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 13:16:00

Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shiite cleric who has been staunchly opposed to the American troop presence in his country since the occupation began last decade, warned against the prospects of a "challenge" with any U.S. forces that stay in Iraq.

Radical Iraqi cleric threatens to revive brigade to attack U.S. troopsupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 18:28:00

Radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened Sunday to revive a special armed unit devoted to attacking U.S. troops if the Americans did not withdraw from Iraq by next year.

Cleric thanks followers for pledging to attack U.S. military in Iraqupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 11:51:00

Radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr thanked followers who offered to launch attacks against the U.S. military in Iraq should he reinstate his notorious Mehdi Army militia, according to a posting on his website.

Iraqis demonstrate against U.S. troop presenceupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 16:55:00

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in eastern Baghdad marked the eighth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime with a protest Saturday against the American troop presence there.

2003: The day Saddam's statue fellupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 16:55:00

A look back at the day the Saddam Hussein statue was toppled in Central Baghdad, symbolizing the end of Saddam's regime.

Anti-American cleric speaks in Iraqupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 06:09:00

Thousands turned up in Najaf to hear Muqtada al-Sadr's first address since his return to Iraq.

Radical Iraqi cleric travels back to Iranupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 06:09:00

Iraqi radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has traveled to Iran for a visit, weeks after returning to Iraq and ending three years of self-imposed exile.

In Iraq, a popular cleric cranks up anti-U.S. rhetoricupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 12:08:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American political figure who returned to Iraq this week from self-imposed exile, told tens of thousands of his followers Saturday to "resist" and "disturb" the United States.

Radical cleric returns to Iraqupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 12:08:00

At a speech that drew thousands of supporters in Iraq, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged followers to oppose the US.

Radical cleric returns to Iraq from Iranupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 11:50:00

Radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has returned to the country after more than three years in Iran, according to Iraqi state television and websites maintained by al-Sadr's followers.

Al-Jaafari wins controversial Iraqi cleric's supportupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 09:42:00

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has won a non-binding vote that could influence the decision on who will be the country's next prime minister, an official in the office of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Wednesday.

Ayad Allawi: Iran's influence on Iraqupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 09:42:00

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Iran's influence in Iraq.

Political jockeying in Iraqupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 14:42:00

Iraqis begin an informal, non-binding vote on who to support for prime minister. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Al-Sadr flexes muscles in Iraqi political jockeyingupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 14:57:00

Muqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand cleric with a loyal following among the Shiite population in Iraq, could play a major role in the formation of a new national government.

Time.com: Iraqis Balk at a U.S. Troop Deal, but Can They Say Goodbye? updated: Mon Oct 20 2008 12:05:00

It's Iraq's electorate, not the politicians, that want the Americans out. And with elections looming, nobody wants to be seen as inviting them to stay

Time.com: Will Peace Hold in Sadr City?updated: Tue Jul 29 2008 13:40:00

The Iraqi military's control of the Baghdad slum could well be the result of a voluntary cease-fire by Muqtada al-Sadr's militia. But some believe the cleric's forces are spent

Iraqi foreign minister: Al-Sadr threats 'unacceptable'updated: Sun Jun 15 2008 22:52:00

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Sunday sternly rebuked Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's latest threats..

Al-Sadr: New force to fight U.S. in Iraqupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 14:37:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is establishing a new fighting force to battle U.S.-led troops in Iraq, he said in a letter read in Iraqi mosques Friday.

Al Sadr: Let Iraqis decide on U.S. troopsupdated: Tue May 27 2008 22:23:00

An agreement between the United States and Iraq to allow U.S. troops to remain operating in Iraq past 2008 should be put to a popular referendum, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged in an online message to his followers.

Shiite power struggle behind Iraq clashes, analysts sayupdated: Thu May 15 2008 12:05:00

Recent deadly clashes in Basra and Baghdad's Sadr City represent Shiite-vs.-Shiite political maneuvering ahead of Iraqi provincial elections, analysts say.

Iraqi government, al-Sadr group sign cease-fire updated: Mon May 12 2008 17:35:00

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's movement has agreed to end its "armed presence" in Sadr City under an agreement reached with Iraq's government, Iraqi officials said Monday.

Time.com: Al-Sadr Wins Another Roundupdated: Sun May 11 2008 12:00:00

U.S. and Iraqi forces spent two months battling al-Sadr's Mahdi Army only to see the cleric standing strong after a hastily arranged cease-fire

Proposed Iraqi law could blunt anti-U.S. cleric's powerupdated: Tue May 06 2008 13:47:00

A proposed election law could hurt the popular political movement of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- whose Mehdi Army militia followers have been battling U.S. and Iraqi troops in Baghdad's Sadr City.

Al-Sadr threatens 'open war' on 'occupiers,' not Iraqupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 18:38:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened "open war," against the American "occupiers" and not the Iraqi government, according to a letter read by a top aide during Friday prayers.

Shiite cleric's followers ready to fightupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 16:23:00

Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's movement is "ready for all options" in a growing confrontation between his followers and the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a spokesman said Monday.

Progress despite fightingupdated: Sun Apr 20 2008 21:38:00

Iraqi and U.S. forces are battling the Mehdi Army. CNN's Jill Dougherty asks: Is there still political progress?

PM vows not to let Iraq become 'the new Somalia'updated: Sun Apr 20 2008 21:38:00

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is calling on political parties to unite against armed groups in Iraq, a spokesman said Sunday, warning that "Iraq cannot be the new Somalia."

Time.com: In Iraq, al-Sadr Threatens 'Open War'updated: Sun Apr 20 2008 12:00:00

The leader of the Mahdi Army warns of open war against the U.S.-backed government of Iraq, a U.S. Secretary of State Rice makes an announced visit to Iraq in support of al-Maliki

Time.com: Al-Sadr Tightens the Screwsupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 14:00:00

The Shi'ite militia leader voices new demands and strengthens his hand, as insurgents send out car bombs north and west of Baghdad

Time.com: The Next Front in the Sadr Standoffupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 02:00:00

Even as the fighting between Iraqi troops and the Shi'ite leader's militia died down over part of the weekend, the government's latest action could reignite tensions

Time.com: Iraq Assassination Reignites Tensionsupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 17:00:00

As the curfew on Sadr City was set to be lifted, a Moqtada al-Sadr associate is killed, threatening Shi'ite violence

Time.com: Gunmen Kill Senior Sadrist in Iraqupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 16:15:00

A senior aide to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was assassinated Friday in the holy city of Najaf. Authorities immediately announced a citywide curfew and security forces deployed on the streets

Shiite cleric threatens to end militia's cease-fire, cancels protestupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 21:35:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called off a mass demonstration set for Wednesday in Baghdad and threatened to formally end the seven-month cease-fire of his Mehdi Army militia.

Religious leaders tell al-Sadr to keep militia intactupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 19:17:00

Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders have told anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr not to disband his Mehdi Army, an al-Sadr spokesman said Monday amid fresh fighting in the militia's Baghdad strongholds.

Iraqi PM issues al-Sadr ultimatum amid Baghdad violenceupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 01:51:00

Three U.S. soldiers were killed and 31 others wounded in two rocket attacks Sunday afternoon in Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Iraqi leader freezes assault on militiasupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 22:32:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday ordered his security forces to stop raids on suspected Shiite militia members to "give time to those who are repentant" to lay down their weapons.

Sermons show divide among Iraqi Shiitesupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 22:30:00

Two Shiite imams delivered very different sermons Friday, one sharply criticizing the Iraqi prime minister for his recent military push into Basra and the other praising the Iraqi leader for his "bravery" and "sacrifice."

Al-Sadr offers to help Iraqi security forcesupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 22:36:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr offered Thursday to help purge Iraqi security forces of militia members.

Iran helped broker cease-fireupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 18:14:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports with details on who was involved in the call for a cease-fire in Basra.

Cease-fire called for in Iraqupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 22:16:00

After days of fighting in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr tells his followers to put down arms. CNN's Nic Robertson reports

Sources: Iran helped prod al-Sadr cease-fireupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 22:16:00

Iran was integral in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to halt attacks by his militia on Iraqi security forces, an Iraqi lawmaker said Monday.

Time.com: New Attacks on Baghdad Green Zoneupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 11:00:00

The fortified Green Zone came under renewed attack Monday, less than 24 hours after anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for his fighters to stand down

Al-Sadr calls off fighting, orders compliance with Iraqi securityupdated: Sun Mar 30 2008 18:31:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on followers to stop shooting and cooperate with Iraqi security forces Sunday, a move Iraq's government praised as a step toward ending six days of fighting that has left hundreds dead.

More than 100 dead in two days of Iraq fightingupdated: Wed Mar 26 2008 22:33:00

Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged the Iraqi government to end a crackdown on his militia after two days of fighting left more than 100 people dead across southern Iraq, an aide said Wednesday.

Peaceful Iraq protests spark clashes; 50 reported deadupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 21:57:00

Fighting between Iraqi security forces and supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left 50 dead in the southern city of Basra and spread to several Baghdad districts Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

Iraqi militia leader: My influence is waningupdated: Sat Mar 08 2008 00:09:00

The grass-roots cleric whose Mehdi Army militia has gained notoriety among coalition troops admitted many followers have split from his movement or do not heed his leadership.

Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fireupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 14:33:00

Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has extended for six months the cease-fire he imposed last summer on his Mehdi Army militia, al-Sadr's office in Baghdad said Friday.

Time.com: Sadr Keeps Iraq Guessingupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 12:00:00

The radical Shi'ite leader extends the cease-fire that has helped reduce violence. But is he just keeping his powder dry?

Iraqi militia to hear Saturday whether to resume fightingupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 18:10:00

The Mehdi Army cease-fire that has been credited with helping to reduce violence in Iraq since August could end soon, a spokesman for the radical cleric who heads the Shiite militia said Wednesday.

Copenhagen explosionupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 18:10:00

Aftermath of an explosion at a tanning studio in Copenhagen. Police say there are no injuries.

Time.com: Underestimating al-Sadr -- Againupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 16:00:00

With the Shi'ite cleric's Mahdi Army ending its cease-fire, the U.S. is downplaying his capacity for mischief. That's a mistake

Assassinated sheik mournedupdated: Sat Sep 15 2007 16:53:00

Mourners gathered for the funeral of Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Reesha, assassinated days after meeting with President Bush.

Mehdi Army hiatus a relief for U.S. militaryupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 22:20:00

The U.S. military called radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's order to suspend his Mehdi Army militia for the next six months "encouraging."

Al-Sadr calls for calm after Shiite militias clash in Karbala, Baghdadupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 00:23:00

Clashes between Shiite militias left dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded in Karbala and Baghdad, prompting Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday to call for calm, his spokesman said.

Time.com: Roadside Bomb Kills Iraqi Governorupdated: Mon Aug 20 2007 15:10:00

A roadside bomb Monday killed the governor of the predominantly Shiite Muthanna province, police said, the second assassination of a top provincial official in just over a week

Al-Sadr orders his bloc's ministers to quit government updated: Mon Apr 16 2007 04:55:00

Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered six cabinet ministers from his political bloc to leave Iraq's government on Monday, making good on a threat issued last week after the prime minister rejected a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops.

Al-Sadr bloc: Ministers to quit government updated: Sun Apr 15 2007 16:33:00

Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr will announce Monday the departure of his movement's six ministers from Iraq's government to press demands for the U.S. to leave Iraq, the bloc's spokesman Saleh al-Ageili told CNN.

Al-Sadr to followers: Fight Americans, not Iraqisupdated: Sun Apr 08 2007 05:41:00

A powerful and radical Shiite cleric implored his followers Sunday to stop killing Iraqis and focus their violent efforts on ousting American forces from the war-torn nation.

Al-Sadr calls for anti-U.S. protests to mark Baghdad's fallupdated: Fri Mar 30 2007 12:40:00

Powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is calling for an anti-American protest in the Iraqi city of Najaf on April 9, the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.

Man with al-Sadr ties held in attack on U.S. troopsupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 06:22:00

A man with ties to a radical Shiite cleric is in U.S. custody in connection with an attack that killed five American soldiers in Karbala in January, U.S. officials said.

Al-Sadr aide released from jailupdated: Wed Mar 21 2007 11:41:00

A top aide to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was released from jail Wednesday, a source in Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office and a senior U.S. military official told CNN.

Where is al-Sadr? Not in Iran, official saysupdated: Sun Feb 18 2007 14:55:00

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman denied Sunday that Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Iraqi Shiite cleric who opposes the U.S. presence in Iraq, is in Iran.

U.S. insists radical cleric in Iran despite denialsupdated: Wed Feb 14 2007 01:16:00

The United States insists a radical Shiite cleric is in Iran despite denials from Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters.

U.S.: Radical cleric al-Sadr in Iranupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 02:54:00

Iraq plans to close its borders with Iran and Syria for 72 hours in an attempt to secure the capital, the Iraqi commander in charge of Baghdad's security plan announced Tuesday.

Militant group says video shows chopper going down updated: Fri Feb 09 2007 13:49:00

A militant group in Iraq has posted a video that shows what it says is an American helicopter being shot down.

Deputy health minister arrested in U.S.-Iraqi raidupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 03:02:00

U.S. and Iraqi forces arrested the Iraqi deputy health minister Thursday morning in a raid on the Health Ministry complex in Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

New Iraqi political alliance hits snagupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 10:31:00

The creation of a moderate political alliance in Iraq appeared to have made no progress Friday and was further complicated by the Shiite leadership claims that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr must not be excluded.

Shiite leaders seek unified front to battle violenceupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 11:27:00

The powerful Shiite-led political bloc in Iraq's Parliament will meet with the country's lead ayatollah and the anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to promote Shiite unity and persuade al-Sadr followers to rejoin the government, a member of the Alliance said.

Al-Sadr bloc talks of alliance with Sunnis, Christians updated: Thu Nov 30 2006 08:56:00

One day after suspending participation in Iraq's government, the bloc loyal to anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced a possible new political alliance with Sunnis and Christians.

Shiites torch Sunni people, mosques, houses updated: Fri Nov 24 2006 03:45:00

Enraged Shiites burned people to death, torched mosques and denounced Sunni leaders and the United States a day after a bloody assault on Sadr City, the Iraq capital's Shiite bastion.

Iraqi leader disputes U.S. account of raid on militia updated: Wed Oct 25 2006 04:58:00

U.S. and Iraqi forces on Wednesday launched a raid in Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's turf in eastern Baghdad.

Officials say violence over, order back in Iraqi cityupdated: Fri Oct 20 2006 09:05:00

British and Iraqi officials said Friday that order has been restored in a southern Iraqi city after a Shiite militia reportedly took control in fighting that left at least 16 people dead.

Al-Sadr calls for end to Shiite-on-Shiite violenceupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 07:59:00

Following bloody battles in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday called for an end to violence between his supporters and those loyal to a rival Shiite leader.

One-day extension for Iraq constitutionupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 06:37:00

A third midnight deadline for Iraq's proposed constitution passed without agreement Thursday, with negotiators taking another day to resolve their differences before sending the charter to voters, the country's parliament speaker said.

Calls build for Saddam's trialupdated: Fri May 20 2005 04:36:00

Calls for Saddam Hussein's war crimes trial to begin coincided with the release of pictures showing him undressed and violent protests by supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

New Iraqi group to compete in electionsupdated: Thu Dec 09 2004 15:34:00

A coalition fielding 228 candidates and supported by Iraq's top Shiite cleric has been formed to compete in the January 30 national elections.

Al-Sadr inspires opposing ralliesupdated: Fri Sep 10 2004 06:24:00

Thousands of demonstrators supporting -- and hundreds opposing -- Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took to the streets in Iraq on Friday as U.S. soldiers fought insurgents in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood and near Falluja.

Al-Sadr 'calls for Iraqi truce'updated: Mon Aug 30 2004 09:24:00

A top aide for Muqtada al-Sadr has said the maverick Shiite cleric "has called for a cease-fire by the Mehdi Army in all provinces of Iraq unless it is in the case of self-defense."

Militants in talks on shrine's fateupdated: Sat Aug 21 2004 02:52:00

Militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr say they have handed over the keys of a revered Muslim shrine in Najaf to Shiite religious leaders, The Associated Press reports.

Combat operations suspended around Imam Ali Mosqueupdated: Fri Aug 20 2004 01:56:00

Combat operations in Najaf were temporarily suspended late Friday to allow political negotiations with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to go forward, U.S. military officials reported.

Explosions heard around Iraqi mosqueupdated: Thu Aug 19 2004 03:53:00

Hours after the Iraqi interim prime minister issued a "final call" for Muqtada al-Sadr's forces to disarm, a series of explosions erupted late Thursday near the Imam Ali Mosque and intense gunbattles raged around the Shiite shrine overnight.

British journalist freed in Basraupdated: Fri Aug 13 2004 02:57:00

A British journalist kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra by militants and threatened with death has been released.

Who is Muqtada al-Sadr?updated: Fri Aug 13 2004 01:17:00

How has Muqtada al-Sadr gained so much attention?

Suicide car bomb kills 4 at Iraqi checkpointupdated: Tue Aug 03 2004 02:51:00

Four Iraqi National Guardsman died and six were wounded Tuesday when a suicide car bomb rocked a checkpoint near the eastern city of Baquba, police said.

Kufa mosque burns after ammo cache explodesupdated: Mon Jun 07 2004 05:31:00

A mosque used to store ammunition used by the militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was burning after an explosion Monday afternoon, according to witnesses.

Deal to disband Iraq militias announced updated: Mon Jun 07 2004 02:06:00

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced a deal Monday to disband nine militias.

U.S. targets insurgents in Kufaupdated: Thu Jun 03 2004 03:19:00

U.S. troops on Thursday battled insurgents in Kufa suspected of firing dozens of mortars at a forward operating base outside of the city, U.S. military officials said.

Coalition estimates 50 killed in Iraqi cleric's militiaupdated: Wed May 26 2004 04:42:00

U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 50 members of a radical cleric's militia in overnight battles in the south-central Iraqi city of Najaf, a senior coalition official said Wednesday.

Inside the occupationupdated: Mon May 17 2004 13:26:00

General John Abizaid likes to travel on the edge. He is riding in a Black Hawk helicopter as it tears across the skies of central Iraq, skimming treetops and flushing startled sheep out onto the grassy pastures beneath.

Interim government likely won't oust troopsupdated: Sun May 16 2004 03:50:00

Iraq's interim government, slated to take charge in 45 says, will have the authority to order coalition troops to leave, but a member of the Iraqi Governing Council said Sunday it is unlikely to do so.

Police: At least 5 killed in Baghdad blastupdated: Sun May 09 2004 07:36:00

At least five people were killed Sunday in an explosion at a crowded Baghdad market, police said, while coalition forces in Najaf stepped up operations against radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his banned Mehdi Army militia.

Two Iraqis die in Basra clashesupdated: Sat May 08 2004 04:15:00

Supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with coalition troops in the southern city of Basra Saturday morning, according to a British military spokesman.

Al-Sadr rails against Bush, Iraqi prisoner abuseupdated: Fri May 07 2004 06:42:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rallied his supporters with condemnation of the prisoner abuse crisis during his weekly sermon Friday at Kufa mosque, near the site of pitched battles between his Mehdi Army militia and U.S. troops.

Three U.S. soldiers killed in battle with Iraqi militiaupdated: Wed May 05 2004 06:48:00

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in fighting in the south-central Iraqi town of Diwaniyah, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

Iraqi cleric's aide 'dies in raid'updated: Sun May 02 2004 07:06:00

Coalition forces are reported to have killed a deputy of Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric whose militia has launched an uprising against U.S.-led troops in Baghdad's Sadr City and Iraq's southern cities.

Iraqi cleric open to disarming, spokesman saysupdated: Wed Apr 14 2004 02:17:00

Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr would disarm his militia and drop his conditions for negotiating with the U.S.-led coalition if Iraq's top Shiite spiritual body approves, his spokesman said Wednesday.

New thugs on the blockupdated: Mon Apr 12 2004 11:33:00

It had become a ritual. Each friday hundreds of young, impoverished Shi'ite men would pile into beat-up Kia minibuses in a Baghdad slum known as Sadr City.

Militant cleric issues demands of coalitionupdated: Sat Apr 10 2004 13:14:00

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose militia has been fighting with U.S. troops throughout Iraq, issued demands to the coalition through his deputy on Saturday.

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