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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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Members of the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia that prominent cleric Muqtada al-Sadr runs, in 2007 killed gay men who recorded themselves belly dancing at a birthday party.
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 ...
It used to be part of Muqtada al-Sadr's Jaish al-Mahdi but then splintered off. It was specially cultivated by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' special forces unit, the Al-Quds Force.
Likewise, Iran formed Asa'ib hl al-Haq from radical figures from Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, such as Qais al-Khazali and Ismail al-Lami (a.
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 intimidation.
Day insisted that the firm had not misled anyone and was merely putting forward the position of clients. He added that his firm had not ignored claims that some clients might have been members of the insurgent Mahdi Army, though he conceded they may ...
Given that political parties and paramilitary groups were not permitted in Iran, the Tehran regime was unable to form proxies in Syria like the Mehdi Army in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon. That changed dramatically when Syria's war broke out in 2011.
Given that political parties and paramilitary groups were not permitted in Iran, the Tehran regime was unable to form proxies in Syria like the Mehdi Army in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon. That changed dramatically when Syria's war broke out in 2011.
"I think there are lots of hidden and open regrets about what happened to the Mahdi Army and its involvement in the sectarian killings in the height of 2006 and 2007," Cockburn says.
However, Iran's grip appears to have its limits, even among its coreligionists. On several occasions, firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took an openly divergent political stance to Iran, which backed him and his Mahdi Army during the US occupation ...
The fall of Saddam Hussein freed Sadr to organize millions of his family's followers, creating an armed wing as well as a political and public service organization, and in 2004, Sadr mobilized his Mahdi Army militia to drive out US occupation forces.
The claims against British troops followed the deployment of troops from 1PWRR against insurgents from the Mahdi Army who had ambushed their fellow units from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
This system was consolidated after intra-Shi'a violence abetted in 2009 with the defeat of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army. Although violence throughout the country raged on, the fighting between Shi'a groups was replaced by competition over resources of ...
'It was known that their clients might have been lying and might have been members of the [insurgent] Mahdi Army. The risk was that files were being put in the public domain as containing the truth.
The defence also addressed an allegation surrounding a document - the OMS list showing that the prisoners detained by British troops were not civilians but members of the militia group the Mahdi Army. It was hand-written in Arabic and translated on ...
"Just look at how the U.S. and Interior Ministry tried to deal with all the militias, namely Badr in commandos and Mahdi Army in regular police," he told Rudaw English. "They had to break the militias' command over the individual police. Replaced most ...
... worth thinking about, if only so as not to repeat the ill-thought-out flippancy with which British governments plunged into such dangerous places as Basra in southern Iraq in 2003 where it ended up signing a humiliating truce with the Mehdi Army ...
The lawyers are accused of failing to disclose some of its Iraqi clients were members of the Mahdi Army militia group, which had ambushed British troops.
Robertson told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that the document - a personnel list from the Office of the Martyr al-Sadr (OMS), which revealed Leigh Day's clients were Mahdi Army fighters rather than civilians - did not in any case disqualify ...
Martyn Day, co-founder of Leigh Day law firm, allegedly knew there were concerns that Khuder Al-Sweady was a member of the Shia militia Mahdi Army. The hearing was told Mr Day had been sent emails alleging Al-Sweady was threatening other claimants.
Mr Corbyn spoke on "the case for Iran", alongside the British representative of the Mahdi Army militia, a group which between 2004 and 2008 killed at least 70 British soldiers in Iraq.
"They should not have continued to act for the clients when they had evidence that not only were their clients members of a militia associated with the Mahdi Army and pursuing dishonest claims for improper purposes, but which indicated that the clients ...
The tribunal was told that as early as 2008 Leigh Day knew that one of its clients, Khudur al-Sweady, was a senior member of the Mahdi Army and that he had threatened the firm's agent in Iraq, Abu Jamal. "Leigh Day knew that if they could pursue the ...
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.
In 2005-06, Sadr's self-styled Mahdi Army was involved in the sectarian killings which overran Baghdad. During this time, hundreds of Sunnis were murdered by militias loyal to various Shia leaders and hundreds of Shias were murdered in retaliation.
Controlling many aspects of Sadr City are Mahdi Army militia members, Shiite radicals led by Muqtada al-Sadr. They are experts in Guerilla warfare tactics.
His Mahdi Army, which reigns in the ghettos of Baghdad, was modelled after Hezbollah. The mullahs of Iran always had high hopes in him, seeing that he would make a perfect proxy for the Islamic republic in the Arab world when and if Hezbollah parted ...
Conversely, Muqatada al-Sadr, the infamous Iraqi Shiite cleric who led the Mahdi Army (which despite being "disbanded" has been partially reconstituted into the "peace Brigades" and is believed to be active in Syria) did not tow Tehran's line on the ...
The Shi'ite political leader has a huge following in neighbouring Iraq, but does not hold any political office. He controls Saraya al-Salam, a Shi'ite militia, and founded the Mahdi Army, which fought against the US occupation. In his latest statement ...
During 2005 and 2006 Sadr's self-styled Mahdi Army was involved in the sectarian killings which engulfed Baghdad. Hundreds of Sunnis were murdered by militias loyal to various Shia leaders.
I can remember just one Saturday afternoon in 2004, the US bombed Amara over and over again to get at the Shiite Mahdi Army militia. The Agence France Presse had a stringer on the ground who reported 84 deaths. They weren't all combatants. The US ...
Al-Sadr led the Shiite Mahdi Army after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which has been closely linked to the sectarian violence that plagued the country in its wake.
The US officer corps was sometimes not well informed about Iraqi dynamics and came to see all the Shiite militias as Iranian cat's paws, even though the Mahdi Army of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took a stance of Iraqi nativism generally hostile to Iran. In ...
In his teenage years, Houcham el-Alabiad fought with the Mahdi Army, a militia created by Shia cleric Muktada al-Sadr, against the U.S.
Ten years ago U.S. forces "surged" into Iraq. The operation was seen as a bold and unexpected move to rescue a counterinsurgency strategy that had been failing.
According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, to justify his application for refugee status, Hasan provided sworn testimony that, in 2006, he had been kidnapped and tortured by members of the Al Mahdi Army and held for nearly a month ...
The militia leader, Akram al Kabi, is close to the top Iranian leadership, including the Supreme Leader and the co-founder of the 'Asaib al Haq' itself an offshoot of the Mahdi Army. In 2015, he bluntly stated that he would oust the Iraqi government if ...
central Baghdad ground to a halt today as thousands of Shia demonstrators took to the streets and the capital's central Tahrir Square to demonstrate against corruption and calling for reforms, responding to a rallying cry from a firebrand Shia cleric ...
It is the successor of Mr Sadr's Mahdi Army, which he stood down in 2007 following alleged atrocities as the group fought against the US occupation of Iraq.
In 2014, a report by the al-Sweady inquiry found that those who died in the "Battle of Danny Boy" near Amara in 2004, were members of the Mahdi Army militia, and were killed after ambushing a British patrol. Mr Shiner alleged that innocent Iraqi ...
During 2005 and 2006 Sadr's self-styled Mahdi Army was involved in the sectarian killings which engulfed Baghdad. Hundreds of Sunnis were murdered by militias loyal to various Shia leaders.
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.
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 ...


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