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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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One of them, Hussein Hamzi Karim, was a Shiite from Baghdad, a policeman who said that he had been targeted by the Jaish al-Mahdi, ...
In this June 20, 2014, file photo, a fighter of the Mahdi Army, formed by Muqtada al-Sadr, stands guard in front of a Shiite mosque after Friday ...
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 ...
In this June 20, 2014 file photo, a fighter of the Mahdi Army, formed by Muqtada al-Sadr, stands guards in front of a Shiite mosque after Friday ...
When the time comes for the Europeans to escape the Mahdi's army, they say: "This is my country. I've forgotten any language other than the ...
A decade ago his Mahdi Army, drawn from the country's Shia majority, was ambushing and killing American and British soldiers across ...
... Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades), Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam - the current incarnation of the Mehdi Army - and the Badr Organisation.
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 ...
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 ...
... Muslim World, Muqtada al-Sadr independent of U.S. policy ordered his Mahdi Army to halt its operations in Karbala after Prime Minister Nouri ...
Members of his Mehdi Army were widely accused of engaging in extortion, ... He formally dissolved his Mahdi Army in 2008, has moderated his ...
Iran forced al-Sadr to freeze his powerful Mehdi Army's activities and ... a mere former commander of a Shiite militia known as the Mahdi Army.
An influential Iraqi Shia cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on US troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ...
FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, a fighter of the Mahdi Army, formed by Muqtada al-Sadr, stands guards in front of a Shiite mosque after ...
FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, a fighter of the Mahdi Army, formed by Muqtada al-Sadr, stands guards in front of a Shiite mosque after ...
Shia militias, in particular Sadr's Mahdi Army and the Iranian-backed Badr Brigade, attacked Sunnis in Baghdad, as Shias in towns and villages ...
Kata'ib Al-Tayyar Al-Risali is a militia group with historical connections to Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, a Shia militia that fought against U.S. ...
Sadr is the leader and founder of what used to be called the Mahdi Army -- named after the same Shiite Messiah mentioned above whose ...
Sadr is the leader and founder of what used to be called the Mahdi Army -- named after the same Shiite Messiah mentioned above whose ...
Yet what seems to be quite ironic is Sarayah As-Salaam's, formerly known as Jaish Al Mahdi, commander, Abu Duaa Al-Issawi, will also be ...
Sadr will be known to most Americans as the brutal leader of the Mahdi Army. Aside from their extensive attacks on American forces (including ...
... kidnappings, executions and torture of gay men and men perceived to be gay by militia groups, including Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army.
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 ...
The Mahdi Army killed two," he said as he took a long drag on his cigarette. As he looked over his son's grave, Hussein took out a colour ...
... Following the Bloodshed of America's wars in the Muslim World," Muqtada al-Sadr, independent of U.S. policy, ordered his Mahdi Army to halt its operations in ...
He became famous in 2004 as the leader of Shiite paramilitary organization "Mahdi Army", when militants led by him raised an uprising against ...
army units were once again fighting the Mahdi Army in cities throughout Iraq. When the Army's Fifth Cavalry Regiment received orders to reinforce the beleaguered Marines, they were deployed against al-Sadr's militia in the outskirts of Bagdhad, 120 ...
A co-founder of the Asaib Ahl al Haq - itself an offshoot of the Mahdi Army - Kabi was designated in September 2008 by the US Treasury as a terrorist for aiding Iraqi insurgents.
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.
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.


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