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 Jaish al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) militia of Iraq

The Mahdi Army, also known as the Mahdi militia, Mahdi Army or Jaish al Mahdi, is a militia force created by the Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in June of 2003. The Islamist militants rose to international prominence on April 4, 2004 when it spearheaded the first major armed confrontation against the U.S-led occupation forces in Iraq from the Shiite community in an uprising that followed the banning of al-Sadr's newspaper and attempts to arrest him, and lasted until June 6. The group is armed with AKM[citation needed] (Kalashnikov) assault rifles, rocket propelled grenades, mortars, Strela anti-air missiles, and other light weapons. The Mahdi Militia also utilizes IEDs (improvised explosive devices also known as road-side bombs) during their attacks on Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security forces and Coalition Forces. The truce agreed to in June was followed by moves to disband the militia and transform al-Sadr's movement into a political party to take part in the 2005 elections; Muqtada al Sadr ordered fighters of the Mahdi Army to go into a ceasefire unless attacked first. The truce broke down in August 2004, with new hostilities breaking out. The Mahdi Militia currently operates in an intimidation role towards Iraqis, using their illegal weaponry to influence local government, infiltrate the police, and terrorize Sunni Iraqis and their supporters. The militia is believed to have infiltrated Iraqi police forces and to be involved in vigilante activities. National Independent Cadres and Elites party that ran in the 2005 Iraqi election was closely linked with the army.

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Muqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric, last summer banned his followers from committing violence against LGBT people, noting they suffer from "psychological problems.
He then became associated with Haeri in Qom, who provided him with a religious cover to form the Mahdi Army in resistance to the US forces.
This is what happened in Iraq when the Mehdi Army and SCIRI were brought into government ten years ago, and in Lebanon as well after the civil war ended, when all the militia leaders were pardoned and ushered into parliament.
The document that could have halted the hearing was an English translation of an Arabic record which suggested that some of the Iraqi claimants were members of the Mahdi Army militia rather than innocent civilians caught up in the fire fight. Mr Day ...
Al-Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army death squad that killed thousands of civilians less than a decade ago, called for a "tactical withdrawal" to protect civilians, accusing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi personally of being responsible for what he ...
The fighting erupted after members of a Shia militia, the Mahdi Army, ambushed a UK military patrol. Some insurgents, it was alleged, were captured and taken back to a British base where they were supposedly tortured and murdered.
During his premiership, and with the help of the United States' occupation forces, he also cracked down on Al-Sadr's men in Basra in 2008, leading to hundreds of Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia to be killed. Al-Sadr has warned that he and his supporters ...
Two were Reuters employees there to photograph an American Humvee under attack by the Mahdi Army. The helicopters also fired on a van that had stopped to help wounded members of the first group.
... constant presence in the Iraqi political discourse since the fall of the Baath regime in 2003. Saraya al-Salam, the militias he heads, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, were accused of running sectarian death squads and elements from within helped ...
A 2014 report by the al-Sweady inquiry demonstrated that those who died had been members of the Mahdi Army militia, who ambushed a British patrol and were killed in exchanges of gunfire.
He has admitted paying a middleman in Iraq, Mazin Younis, to find those who survived or witnessed the "Battle of Danny Boy" in 2004, in which members of a militia, the Mahdi Army, ambushed a British patrol. Shiner claimed the incident involved innocent ...
The fact that many PMU fighters - particularly those with the Iranian-backed Badr Organisation or Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army - fought against US-led forces during the occupation of Iraq has made them uneasy allies. In light of all this, Trump's ban ...
"My work was good, the salary was good, until a while ago a former Jaish al-Mahdi [Shia militia] detainee who became a leader in some militia started looking for me because he thought I was a spy for the Americans.
Shiner has admitted paying a middleman in Iraq, Mazin Younis, to find those who survived or witnessed the Battle of Danny Boy, in which members of a militia, the Mahdi Army, ambushed a British patrol. The men submitted fictitious statements declaring ...
Any attempt by the United States to occupy Iraqi petroleum fields militarily and unilaterally would have resulted in massive bombings of them by Shiite militias in Basra, including Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army ('peace brigades'). You can't export a ...
Many ignore the documentary entitled "Permission to Engage" where a colleague of those two Reuters employees said the photographer called at 6:00am and said he was going to photograph an American Humvee being attacked by the Mahdi Army.
An offshoot of the Jaish al-Mahdi militia, which was highly active in fighting US forces following the 2003 invasion, Saraya al-Salam's fighters originate mostly from areas in the Shiite-dominant south or the traditionally poor Sadr City - named after ...
On the contrary, Saraya al-Salam, he said, cooperate with the Sunni population and never encroaches upon them. Sadr's disbanded Mehdi Army had been partially linked to a wave of sectarian violence against Sunni Arabs in 2006 and 2007, and had been ...
He was a man of the desert; a mystic and a man of God. His name was Muhammad Ahmad and claimed to be the "Expected One", the true "Mahdi".
'Yes, and today the funding for the Mahdi Army comes from Iran.'" Mahdi Army was founded by the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in June 2003.
Operation Charge of the Knights was carried out against the Mahdi Army, the Sadrist militia, in Basra province in 2008. In light of these events, concerns resurfaced about a possible Shiite confrontation involving, on the one hand, the Dawa Party and ...
Operation Charge of the Knights was carried out against the Mahdi Army, the Sadrist militia, in Basra province in 2008. In light of these events, concerns resurfaced about a possible Shiite confrontation involving, on the one hand, the Dawa Party and ...
It focused on four main militias - the Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the Hezbollah Brigades and the Saraya al-Salam, successors of the Mahdi Army - which formed before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to oppose the U.S.-led invasion. The U.S ...
It focused on four main militias - the Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the Hezbollah Brigades and the Saraya al-Salam, successors of the Mahdi Army - which formed before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to oppose the U.S.-led invasion. The U.S ...
In 2005, Steven Vincent was killed by suspected Mahdi Army Shia jihadists after publishing a report for The New York Times on the militants.
The plastic coverings flash in the sun, yellow with the emblem of the PMF, red, white, green and black for the Iraqi flag and green and black for the Saraya al-Salam Brigade, Muqtada al-Sadr's paramilitary organisation, the latest iteration of the ...
In 2005, Steven Vincent was killed by suspected Mahdi Army Shia jihadists after publishing a report for The New York Times on the militants.
Blinded, slumped next to his crumpled chopper at the foot of Iraq's Najaf cemetery, Stephen "Slade" Mount cupped his gun-shot face.
5, 2004, Mount wheeled his Bell UH-1N Twin Huey over the city of Najaf's vast Shiite cemetery, where Jaish al-Mahdi insurgents would hide and then pop up to pepper American troops and Iraqi cops with gunfire.
Lt. Col. Stephen "Slade" Mount, holding the flight helmet he wore when he was wounded in 2004, is now commander of Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton.
5, 2004, Mount wheeled his Bell UH-1N Twin Huey over the city of Najaf's vast Shiite cemetery, where Jaish al-Mahdi insurgents would hide and then pop up to pepper American troops and Iraqi cops with gunfire.
Barwari was commander of the Operation Knight's Charge (Saulat al-Fursan) to free the Iraqi city of Basra from the Mahdi Army. Rudaw: Who made the decision to launch the Mosul offensive? Fazil Barwari: It was a decision made by the Iraqi government and ...
In March, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited. Hundreds were killed when Prime Minister Maliki cracked down on Moqtada Sadr's Mehdi Army in Basra. In September, the U.S. handed over the Sunni province of Anbar to the Shia-led government.
The Asaib al-Haq is an active Iranian proxy group in Iraq, with roots going back to the 2003 Iraq war when its members splintered from the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr. Asaib gained a high level of infamy after kidnapping and executing American ...
This time, the President looked annoyed and distracted and asked for a briefing on the Shia cleric called Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army, then engaged in dangerous insurgency against the coalition. This was not on the agenda. Trying to ...
Now the US is not ready to send its forces to be killed in Syria by Assad force, Mahdi Army and Iranian Shia militia. This is an unacceptable excuse from the US.
Aboalsbah said - through Al Khazraji interpreting - that he knew this was dangerous, as many of their neighbors were followers of the Mahdi Army, a group similar to the Islamic State that practiced religion in name only to control people. But, he ...
People take go to Mahdi Army. Pick up exactly. Right cops to bust. This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.
Abo Alsibah said - through Al Khazraji interpreting - that he knew this was dangerous, as many of their neighbors were followers of the Mahdi Army, a group similar to the Islamic State that practiced religion in name only to control people. But, he ...
Many of the allegations around PLI and Shiner center on issues like the revelation that some claimants were actually members of the Shia Mahdi Army, which was actively fighting UK troops in Iraq. Tory MP and former army officer Johnny Mercer has been a ...
It's worth remembering that when Maliki was prime minister, he refused to tolerate the challenge to the government by Sadr's Mahdi Army back in 2008, which was officially disbanded before the ISIS war when Sadr entered politics. Putting the Hashd ...
... 1990s and who have dominated the Iraqi state since 2003 (such as Badr) and those militias that emerged from the chaos and vacuum that followed the 2003 war (such as the Sadrist movement's Mahdi Army and its splinter groups such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq).
He fought against Jaish al-Mahdi fighters in Basra, southern Iraq, in 2007, while the rest were mainly Taliban fighters. How can a sniper tell whether someone approaching the base is a wandering shepherd or a suicide bomber?
The system that led to that Afghan outrage began to take shape in Iraq in 2006, when Flynn, then-intelligence chief for JSOC, developed a new methodology for identifying and locating al-Qaeda and Shia Mahdi Army members in Iraq. Flynn revealed the ...
The system that led to that Afghan outrage began to take shape in Iraq in 2006, when Flynn, then-intelligence chief for JSOC, developed a new methodology for identifying and locating al-Qaeda and Shia Mahdi Army members in Iraq. Flynn revealed the ...
By the way get ready for a par roast if that if Belichick's Mahdi Army on the phone to him thought sure to destroy him about it that's a good point you have member he was on the last fascinated that child.
At least 20 of them - the most dangerous, including terrorist organizations of takfirist-jihadist movement Jaish al Mahdi, Jund al-Khilafah, Ansarulloh, Al-Takfir Val Hijra and Islamic State.
The officer said: "Back in 2006, there was a sustained period of operations against the Mahdi Army. One of the guys who was brought in had in his possession on a mobile phone child abuse pictures.
... against Sunni Muslim citizens, academics and scholars in "revenge" killings taken on Daesh. The Badr Corps, Mahdi Army, army Mukhtar and Al Abbas Brigade are the largest extremist organizations operating in Iraq under the leadership of Shiite scholars.
Functioning as an umbrella organization to more than 150,000 Shiite militants, these paramilitary organizations have massacred Sunni Muslim citizens, academics and scholars in "revenge" killings taken on Daesh.


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