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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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She found herself in the face of a different sort of struggle for identity, where that Iraqi fought her rida'a brother (one who was breastfed by one's mother) who was active in the ranks of the rebel Mahdi Army. That was a tragic representation of what was actually taking place on the ground, in which the ...
Sunni soldiers joined the burgeoning guerilla resistance, and the Shia gravitated toward Moktada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army. Bremer then issued Order Number Three that postponed democratic elections and declared that his CPA would rule Iraq. The U.S. realized that the main Shia Islamist parties--the Islamic ...

The Shia militiamen, JAM (Jaysh al Mahdi – The Mahdi Army), were backed by another regional player: Iran. They utilized their demographic plurality and fought the Sunnis for power in the new, US-imposed Iraqi "democracy;" occasionally, they found time to shatter our HMMWVs (and our bodies) with ...
In the following days, Shia militias, especially Sadr's Mahdi Army, exacted their revenge, killing 1,300 Sunni civilians and destroying 50 Sunni mosques. The outgunned Sunni guerillas counter-attacked. At the height of the civil war, Patrick Cockburn estimates, "[M]ore than 3,700 Iraqis died in a single month ...
Sadr's militia is a reformation of the previous militia Mahdi Army, which he led during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the subsequent sectarian strife after 2003. On June 10, 2014, the group launched a blitzkrieg and seized large swathes of territories in predominantly Sunni provinces in northern and western ...
Al-Ghadeer website, meanwhile, reported that Abadi had called for the launch of an immediate investigation into the incident. Saraya al-Salam, previously known as the al-Mahdi Army, is a Shia faction under the umbrella of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi founded by the influential Shia cleric Muqtada ...

His militia, the Mahdi Army, was accused of setting up death squads targeting Sunni Muslims. Sadr himself was accused of ordering the 2003 murder of rival Abdelmajid Al-Khoei. Sadrist militiamen also attacked bars and beat homosexuals until he ordered them to stop in 2016. Jassem Al-Hilfi, a smiling, ...
The paramilitary wing of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr on Dec. 11 agreed to disband its forces and hand over its cache of weapons to the Iraqi government, making it the first Shia militia to lay down its arms in the aftermath of Islamic State's defeat in the country. During a televised speech Dec.
Sadr in his early years raised a militia, the Al-Mahdi Army, which clashed with US forces and the Iraqi military on numerous occasions, and factions within the militia were implicated in some of the worst sectarian killings from 2006 to 2008. Eventually, Sadr disbanded his militia, attempting to disavow himself ...
Surrounding the compound were 2000 insurgents from Shia-leader Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, who bombarded and attacked the area for the duration of the five-day raid. Most of them were killed or retreated. "There was exchange from both sides," Mr Mitchell told Newshub exclusively. "We were ...
Though the mayor of An Najaf brokered a ceasefire between the coalition and the Mahdi Army in June 2004, this only lasted until the end of August. In July of that year, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit took over operational command from Task Force Dragon. That's when the fighting in the city started to ...
Years later, after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iran's IRGC extended its support to other Shia groups that opposed the U.S. military presence. These included Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, the Sadr-affiliated Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) and Kataib Hizballah, a violent extremist group that Iran helped establish.
Abadi has countered by enlisting the support of Sistani and the powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who became the figurehead for the Shiite insurgency against the U.S. in the mid- to late 2000s by raising the Mahdi Army. Along with Sistani, Al-Sadr has become Iraq's kingmaker. Such political and ...
In May 2004, a British detachment of soldiers patrolling in southern Iraq were ambushed by the Mahdi Army, a pro-Iranian militia run by Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who had mobilised Iraqi Shias against the occupation. The ensuing incident became known as the "Battle of Danny Boy". Fighting was intense ...
The paramilitary wing of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr on Dec. 11 agreed to disband its forces and hand over its cache of weapons to the Iraqi government, making it the first Shia militia to lay down its arms in the aftermath of Islamic State's defeat in the country. During a televised speech Dec.
At the time, the health ministry was controlled by followers of Moktada al-Sadr, a firebrand cleric and the leader of the Mahdi Army, whose death squads against Iraqi Sunnis also brought the country to the brink of civil war. The lawsuit claims Mr. Sadr's lieutenants sold the samples on Iraq's black market to ...
During this period, his organization's militia wing, known then as the Mahdi Army, engaged in a guerilla campaign against U.S. troops as well as, on occasion, his domestic rivals. He also deployed the vast Sadrist network that his father established in the 1990s to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of the ...

Senior partner Martyn Day 'did not think there was a shred of truth' to allegations that a key client was a member of the Iraqi insurgent group Mahdi army, a tribunal into alleged misconduct heard today. Day, of human rights firm Leigh Day, denied that he should have called for an immediate investigation ...
It is alleged that the law firm possessed evidence demonstrating that many of its clients were members of the Mahdi army and were pursuing “dishonest claims for improper purposes”. “At no stage did Martyn Day or Sapna Malik [of Leigh Day] stand back and carry out inquiries to check whether they were ...
As coalition forces arrived in Baghdad at the start of March 2003, the city descended into chaos. Crowds surged into the streets to celebrate the fall of Saddam Hussein, to destroy his regime's most potent symbols, and to take revenge on those who had sustained his rule. Murals of Saddam were defaced, ...
Born into an Air Force family, Brian Thacker received his officer commission through the ROTC program before shipping out to the deadly landscape of Vietnam in the fall of 1970. During the springtime of the following year, Thacker led a 6-man observation team from a hilltop in the in Kon Tum Province, ...
In the 1990s, China was looking to upgrade its military. Seeing what the United States Military had done in Operation Desert Storm was a huge motivator for the growing nation. They had a problem, though. After the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre, the plans to modernize with technology from the West were shelved.
When you think 'sherpa,' the first thing that comes to mind is probably the folks who help people climb Mount Everest. Unless you're a pro, you're probably not thinking about the Army's C-23 transport plane. Wait, the Army has a transport plane? That's right. You see, the Army operates unarmed, fixed-wing ...
The paramilitary wing of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr on Dec. 11 agreed to disband its forces and hand over its cache of weapons to the Iraqi government, making it the first Shia militia to lay down its arms in the aftermath of Islamic State's defeat in the country. During a televised speech Dec.
No matter what branch you serve in, there will always be a solid line between enlisted personnel and officers — they rarely understand each other. Enlisted troops do some crazy sh*t, which causes officers to get in a bad mood — and vice versa. Most officers want their troops to abide by all the rules and ...
The men who were there that day were part of the Mahdi Army [Shiite Islamist militia] and were the allies of the militia's founder, Moqtada al-Sadr. They asked me to compose two Islamic melodies.” Once again, Nasrat Al-Bader really didn't have a choice. But when someone brought him lyrics, he stiffened, ...
Saraya al-Salam, like dozens of other paramilitias, operates under the umbrella of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq. Sadr revitalized his Mahdi Army to form Saraya al-Salam during the rise of ISIS. In early November, Sadr had also called upon Saraya al-Salam to pull out from Kirkuk after it fell to the Iraqi army ...
Sadr's force, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance that has battled the Islamic State (ISIS).
... the militia group known as Jaish al-Mahdi, or the Mahdi Army. ... over the police stations, the units came under attack by the Mahdi Army.
Sadr's force, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance that has battled the Islamic State (ISIS). Iraqi security forces backed by Hashid al-Shaabi in mid-October seized oil-rich Kirkuk province from Peshmerga forces in the wake of a Kurdish independence vote held in defiance of ...
Sadr's force, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance that has battled both the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces. Iraqi security forces backed by the Hashed in mid-October seized oil-rich Kirkuk province from Kurdish peshmerga forces in the wake of a ...
Sadr's force, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance that has battled the Islamic State (ISIS).
... a revival of the previously known as "Mahdi Army" militia affiliated with the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army backers “killed and injured hundreds of American troops in the years-long insurgency in the aftermath of the invasion,” ...
Fierce fighting had erupted across Sadr City as a 1st Cav platoon first was ambushed by fighters of the Mahdi Army, led by the militant Shia ...
Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr take part during a parade in Baghdad's Sadr city June 21, 2014. Credit: Reuters.
The group, also known as the Mahdi Army, was formed by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in response to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US and ...
The MOH was led by the Mahdi Army, a group known for attacking US soldiers and working with known terrorist group Hezbolla [WP report].
The MOH was led by the Mahdi Army, a group known for attacking US soldiers and working with known terrorist group Hezbolla [WP report].
... who used the money to fund the Shiite militia Mahdi Army, which carried out attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq between 2005 and 2009.
At the time, the health ministry was controlled by followers of Moktada al-Sadr, a firebrand cleric and the leader of the Mahdi Army, whose death ...
(Back then, we were fighting both Shiite rebels of the Mahdi Army and Sunni insurgents.) We drove to the outskirts of Baghdad, surrounded a ...
(Back then, we were fighting both Shiite rebels of the Mahdi Army and Sunni insurgents.) We drove to the outskirts of Baghdad, surrounded a ...
An explosively formed penetrator (EFP) was the signature of the Mahdi Army and Special Groups, Iranian militias that targeted US and allied ...
How did hassling these women, storming into their home after dark and making threats, contribute to defeating the Mahdi Army or earning the ...
(Back then, we were fighting both Shiite rebels of the Mahdi Army and Sunni insurgents.) We drove to the outskirts of Baghdad, surrounded a ...
The armed wing of his movement, previously known as the Mahdi Army, led a guerrilla campaign against the US occupiers. This group was ...
During this period, his organization's militia wing, known then as the Mahdi Army, engaged in a guerilla campaign against U.S. troops as well ...
Senior partner Martyn Day 'did not think there was a shred of truth' to allegations that a key client was a member of the Iraqi insurgent group ...
His militia, the Mahdi Army, fought against the United States and the forces of the reconstituted Iraqi state. It also engaged in street violence and ...


 

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