Ian Bach

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Radical Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Orders Militia to Halt Activities


30 August 2007

Iraq’s radical Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has ordered his Mahdi Army militia to freeze all activities for six months.

An aide to al-Sadr says the suspension includes armed activities.

Iraqi security officials say gunmen loyal to al-Sadr took part in Tuesday’s violence in the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala, when 52 people were killed in clashes.

The Mahdi militia has denied it was involved.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki visited Karbala Wednesday and said order has been restored to the city.

Also Wednesday, Iran protested the U.S. military’s brief detention of eight Iranians in Baghdad.

The U.S. military said the Iranians, including two with diplomatic passports, and seven Iraqis were detained after U.S. troops found they were carrying weapons without permits.

An aide to the top U.S. commander in Iraq called the incident “regrettable.”

In Karbala, Mr. Maliki blamed the fighting on armed criminal gangs and remnants of the former regime of Saddam Hussein.

A U.S. military commander in Iraq said earlier this month that the Mahdi Army militia had fractured, and some divisions are operating outside of al-Sadr’s control…..Click here full full article

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About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

One comment on “Radical Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Orders Militia to Halt Activities

  1. Ian Bach
    August 30, 2007

    By Kathleen Ridolfo

    August 17, 2007 (RFE/RL) — Four aides to Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani have been killed in Al-Najaf over the past two months, raising many questions as to the safety of Iraq’s supreme Shi’ite leader and the motives of the perpetrators of the attacks.

    According to media reports, aides to Iraq’s three other grand ayatollahs have also been threatened. “The assassination operations are organized and big resources are allocated [to carry them out], which makes it difficult to accuse any local side of being behind” the attacks, the assistant director of the office of Muhammad Bahr al-Ulum, Muwaffaq Ali, told the London-based “Al-Hayat” this week.

    Sources in Al-Najaf have told RFE/RL that nongovernmental-organization and civil-society leaders have also been targeted for assassination in and around the holy city of Al-Najaf in recent months. Police and local residents say it is unlikely that any one group of perpetrators are responsible for the killings.

    Ali al-Najafi, son and spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Bashir al-Najafi, told “Al-Hayat” that the attacks have prompted senior ayatollahs to question the allegiance of employees and volunteers, many of whom arrived in Al-Najaf before the 2003 war and stayed on, assuming duties that put them in close contact with the senior clerics, the newspaper reported on August 11.

    Al-Najafi said that Al-Hawzah (seminary) students had also received threats from unknown persons, prompting the ayatollahs to arrange for scores of students to leave Iraq to study at hawzahs in Lebanon and Syria.

    Full Article
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/iraq/2007/08/iraq-070817-rferl01.htm

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