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June 7, 2004
BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces clashed with Shiite militiamen Tuesday in the southern oil port of Basra and gunmen patrolled several Baghdad neighborhoods as followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered a nationwide civil disobedience campaign to demand an end to the crackdown on their movement.
A state lawmaker wants to remove the age limit of 45 for serving in the state militia, allowing older Arizonans to volunteer for the force designed to be mustered in emergencies but never used in modern memory.
DETROIT — A Michigan man authorities accuse of being a "heavy gunner" for a Midwest Christian militia denies involvement in any plot to overthrow the government, his attorney says, and she plans to present evidence to prove he's different from his fellow defendants.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — They wear their hair and beards long, Taliban style, and support attacks on U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. Yet the fighters are tolerated and - many believe - backed by Pakistan because they share a common enemy: the country's most deadly terror network.
ISLAMABAD - Authorities in a Pakistani border province plan to arm villagers with 30,000 rifles and set up an elite police unit to protect a region increasingly besieged by Taliban and al-Qaida militants, an official said Sunday.
Supporters of pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Muhammad offer noon prayers in Mingora, the capital of Pakistan's troubled Swat Valley, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.
BAGHDAD - The prime minister issued his strongest warning yet to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to disband his Mahdi Army militia or face political isolation. The Sadrists said Monday a move to ban them from elections would be unconstitutional.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister on Friday ordered a nationwide freeze on raids against suspected Shiite militants after the leader of the biggest militia complained that arrests were continuing even after he ordered fighters off the streets.
Residents clean up their damaged house in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, April 20, 2008. The house was damaged during sporadic clashes which took place after midnight on Sunday and killed 6 and wounded another 15, police and health officials said.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's leaders faced their gravest challenge in months Tuesday as Shiite militiamen loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr battled government forces for control of the southern oil capital, fought U.S. and Iraqi troops in Baghdad and unleashed rockets on the Green Zone.
Iraqi police takes a defensive position in Basra, Iraq, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 25, 2008.
BAGHDAD - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday.
Residents walk past an explosion site in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces clashed with Shiite militiamen Sunday in the southern city of Diwaniyah after a raid on the home of a leader of the Mahdi Army, accused of killing Sunnis in Iraq's spiral of sectarian violence.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite militia run by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized control of a southern Iraqi city on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.
Men straighten poster showing late Shiite clerics Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, left, and Kadhim al-Safi at Ansar al-Zahra Shiite mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday.
A man\'s body lies dumped in Baghdad\'s al-Khadra neighborhood Sunday Oct. 8, 2006. Baghdad police said they found more than 50 bodies in the 24-hour period into Sunday morning, all apparent victims of the sectarian death squads that roam the