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  Mahdi Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mahdi Army began as a small group of roughly 500 seminary students connected with Moqtada al-Sadr in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, formerly known as Saddam City.
Mahdi Army grew into a sizeable force of up to 10,000 militia who even operated what amounted to a shadow government in some areas.
The Mahdi army, estimated at 2,000 in Najaf, was outnumbered by some 2,000 US marines and 1,800 Allawi security forces, and at a disadvantage due to the vastly superior American firepower and air cover, such as helicopters and AC-130 gunships.
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 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Mahdi Army
While negotiations continued between the interim government and the Mahdi army, news came that al-Sadr had been wounded [10] August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining.
The Mahdi (Arabic: ‎; translit:, also Mehdi; Guided One), in Islamic eschatology, is the prophesied redeemer of Islam, who will change the world into a perfect Islamic society before Yaum al-Qiyamah (literally Day of the Resurrection).
Paul's Fremen name, "Muad'Dib", means "teacher of adāb (manners and respect)" in Arabic, although within the novel it is a word in the Fremen language of Chakobsa, and is the name of a kind of desert mouse.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Mahdi-Army   (4124 words)

 Definition of Mahdi Army
The Mahdi Army, also known as the Mehdi Army or Jaish-i-Mahdi, is a militia force created by the Iraqi radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in June of 2003.
Several hundred Mahdi Army rebels in total were killed in clashes with the far better trained and equipped American forces.
In Shiite (specifically Jafari) theology, the Mahdi is a historic figure being indentified as the Twelfth Imam (Muhammad al-Mahdi) of the Jafari school of thought.
www.wordiq.com /definition/Mahdi_Army   (1860 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Army of the dispossessed rallies to Mahdi
The fl-garbed Mahdi Army leading the uprising is drawn from a large and volatile pool: the slums of Baghdad.
Mahdi is Arabic for "the promised one" or "divinely guided one", and for Shias, much more so than for Sunnis, is a figure equivalent to Christ's return on Judgment Day.
The Mahdi Army is less well organised than other militias, such as the Kurdish peshmerga and the Shia Badr organisation, but most of its members have had military training in the old Iraqi army.
www.guardian.co.uk /Iraq/Story/0,2763,1188061,00.html   (421 words)

 Al-Mahdi Army / Active Religious Seminary / Al-Sadr's Group
The militia wing of this movement is known as the "Mahdi Army" and was estimated as of early 2004 to consist of about 500-1000 trained combatants along with another 5,000-6,000 active participants.
The Mahdi maintained that his movement was not a religious order that could be accepted or rejected at will, but that it was a universal regime, which challenged man to join or to be destroyed.
The Mahdi also added the declaration "and Muhammad Ahmad is the Mahdi of God and the representative of His Prophet" to the recitation of the creed, the shahada.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/para/al-sadr.htm   (4133 words)

 Mahdi Army   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jaish-i-Mahdi, also known as the Mahdi Army orMehdi Army, is a militia force created by the Iraqi radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in June of 2003.
The Mahdi Army began as a small group of roughly 500 seminary students connectedwith Moqtada al-Sadr in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, formerly known as Saddam City.
Several hundred Mahdi Army rebels in total were killed in clashes with the far better trained andequipped American forces.
www.therfcc.org /mahdi-army-197646.html   (1015 words)

 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Al Mahdi Army   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Al Mahdi fighters blame the U.S. for violating the cease-fire, and fighting rages in the streets of Najaf and Sadr city.
The Al Mahdi Army was firing mortars in retaliation for the fighting in Najaf.
In Sadr city, where the al Mahdi Army has almost universal support among the two million people who live there, the fighting is not coming to an end.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Al-Mahdi_Army   (248 words)

 The Truth Seeker - Inside the besieged shrine, I watch as the Mahdi Army prepares for death
Using their kalashnikovs as pillows, the Mahdi Army lay in wait through the ancient alleys of Najaf last night, preparing for death.
Heavy machinegun fire raked the skies as the Mahdi tried in vain to shoot down darting US helicopters firing rockets into buildings where nests of guerrilla fighters had dug in, preparing elaborate defences and rigging booby traps in the town’s ancient cemetery.
Mahdi fighters are scattered in alcoves around the vast white marble tiled courtyard above which the clock sits frozen at 14 minutes past 6 o’clock.
www.thetruthseeker.co.uk /article.asp?ID=2142   (519 words)

 Baghdad: Mahdi Army Assault
The Mahdi army is the militia wing of The Active Religious Seminary, fighters headed by rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
In early April 2004, the Mahdi army attempted to occupy and gain control of police stations and government buildings in Baghdad, engaging coalition forces in battle using small arms and RPGs.
Members of the Mahdi army see the US as "invaders," and view George W. Bush as their new oppressor.
www.kumawar.com /MahdiArmyAssault/forces.php   (650 words)

 Sadr army owns city's streets | csmonitor.com
Mahdi Army member Sheikh Saadi lives in a narrow apartment of rooms with his wife and infant son in what was once a single family home but has been divided into three.
Inside the Mahdi Army, members are kept strictly on message by regular communiqués from Sadr's office that stresses the chain of command and warns them off taking any action unless officially authorized to do so.
The Mahdi, the story goes, will one day return to Earth in the midst of violence and moral crises, bring about the full triumph of Islam, and usher in a long period of peace - to be followed by the end of the world.
www.csmonitor.com /2004/0804/p01s01-woiq.htm   (2181 words)

 Mahdi and Sudan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
To reach independence, Mahdi needed to free Sudan from the fetters of Egypt, who in turn was under British rule.
Mahdi was aware of these cultural conflicts, and he used them to his advantage so that he could unite a theocratic state under his power, guided by the moral law of the Qur'an.
Mahdi's life was cut short by typhus in 1885.
www.cusd.chico.k12.ca.us /~bsilva/projects/scramble/mahdi.htm   (411 words)

 Mahdi Army Finds Leeway In Iraq: From The Tampa Tribune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Mahdi Army has emerged in recent months as a powerful paramilitary force that has not only taken charge of policing Shiite enclaves but also has been aiding Iraqi security forces in crackdowns against looters and kidnappers, according to Mahdi Army members and civilians in other parts of Baghdad.
The apparent cooperation between the Mahdi Army and the state security forces signals the inability of the Iraqi government to control Sadr's militia, leaving it trying to make deals with the group.
In Sadr City recently, a Mahdi Army commander who called himself Haji Abu Mustafa - a name that means he is the father of Mustafa and has been to Mecca - bragged and lamented about the militia's work with the Iraqi authorities.
www.tampatrib.com /News/MGBJHKONMXD.html   (762 words)

 Baghdad: Mahdi Army Assault
Bradley Fighting Vehicles face a violent assault by Mahdi Army forces in a daring nighttime attack.
Mahdi Army fighters claim the US is using the appalling situation as an excuse to continue occupation, fueling the smoldering rage among residents.
The Army's First Cavalry Division has been on patrol and engaged in combat in Sadr City for more than 80 straight days.
www.kumawar.com /MahdiArmyAssault/detail.php   (503 words)

 Jihad Watch: US forces clash with Mahdi Army
American troops and the Mahdi Army militia of Moqtada al-Sadr clashed in the slums of Baghdad yesterday, raising fears for the future of a year-long US truce with the fiery Shia cleric's gunmen.
Mahdi Army gunmen opened fire on US forces that entered their stronghold in Baghdad's Sadr City slums to arrest three of their colleagues accused by the Americans of running a "kidnap and torture" cell.
If he were to disappear, the movement would disappear, and the Shi'a who gave their support to his chiliastic Mahdi Army would revert to supporting the mainstream as represented by the Dawa and SCIRI parties, and al-Sistani, the man whom Tom Friedman enthusiastically insisted should be awarded the Nobel Prize.
www.jihadwatch.org /archives/008288.php   (2183 words)

 Al Mahdi Army   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
And the speaker said that the British forces were promised two realizations but he did not clarify if was the two soldiers they were killed or they were injured in the fight that erupted with the advent of the night.
And earlier on Tuesday the spokeswoman of the British army said that the British forces in Basra saved foreigners that were taking three British vehicles after their convoy was injured in the explosion of a bomb on the sides of one of the ways.
And the speaker followed up it immediately number of the foreigners who were in the vehicles an adding did not become clear it is not injured one of in the accident that fell in the middle of Basra.
www.homelandsecurityus.net /al_mahdi_army.htm   (402 words)

 Telegraph | News | Iraqis flock to Mahdi's Shia army
But this is not the new Iraqi army sponsored and approved by the American-led administration.
This is "Mahdi's army", a growing militia of mostly Shia men who have responded to the fiery call to arms made by a maverick young cleric, Muqtader al-Sadr, two weeks ago in the Shia holy city of Najaf.
But for the moment the only army patrolling the streets around what was once called Saddam City is under the control of President George W Bush, not Muqtader al-Sadr.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/08/06/wirq06.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/08/06/ixhome.html   (739 words)

 Mahdi Army Draws Supporters (from Fallujah) | The Agonist
This type of hit-and-run attack is typical of fighting in the streets, suburbs, and cemeteries of Najaf between US troops and Iraqi paramilitaries on one side, and the Mahdi Army militia of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr on the other.
Meanwhile, outside the Mahdi Army's base in the main mosque in Kufa, Najaf's twin city, other officers and soldiers from Fallujah could be seen drilling the Sadrist fighters in the use of RPG-7 grenade launchers.
In addition to their forces in Kufa, Mahdi Army officials said they had troops fighting the Americans in Sahla, in the centre of Najaf near the shrine of Imam Ali, and in the cemeteries outside the holy city.
scoop.agonist.org /story/2004/8/12/184347/880   (788 words)

 Search: Mahdi Army - FOX News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
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 Jihad Watch: For the Mahdi Army, it's the 'glory of jihad'
The coalition forces accuse firebrand Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army of stirring up a rebellion in a swath of predominately Shi'ite cities in the center and south of the country that led to more than 100 Iraqi and 20 coalition forces' deaths.
The Mahdi Army's claim could not be independently confirmed, though Sunni leaders are increasingly willing to share in the "glory of jihad with the Shi'ites," said Abd Satar Jabani, imam of Baghdad's largest Wahhabi mosque on Tuesday.
Scanning a fax, he begrudgingly acquiesced to their demands: that the Mahdi Army cease fire and allow police to return to their stations.
www.jihadwatch.org /archives/2004/04/001489print.html   (996 words)

 Mahdi Army still a Factor : SF Bay Area Indymedia
Anthony Shadid of the Washington Post continues his world-beating coverage of Iraq with an article on the reemergence of the Mahdi Army in the south, in places like Nasiriyah and Basrah.
Look, if all the Mahdi Army amounts to is angry young men with guns persuaded to support puritanical morality and to give their political loyalty to Muqtada al-Sadr, then it can never be "defeated" by the US military.
Mahdi Army militiamen are easy to kill, hard to defeat.
www.indybay.org /news/2005/04/1732057.php   (373 words)

 War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
Allawi abruptly canceled a peace deal struck with the Mahdi Army, he met with a group of more than 300 prominent leaders from Sadr City and asked them to withdrawal their support from the militia.
The strategy employed by Dr. Allawi toward the Mahdi Army, which is Shiite, mirrors one he is using on the Sunni-driven insurgency north and west of Baghdad.
Some of the tribal sheiks of Sadr City said they were concerned that Dr. Allawi might have abandoned his efforts to disarm the Mahdi Army and to bring it into democratic politics; it appears he wants to crush the group by force, they said.
www.christusrex.org /www1/news/nyt-9-3-04a.html   (818 words)

 Middle East Newsline -
MAHDI ARMY RENEWS INSURGENCY AGAINST U.S. BAGHDAD [MENL] -- The Iranian-backed Mahdi Army has renewed its military campaign against the United States.
After a lull of two months, the Mahdi Army loyal to Iranian-backed Moqtada Sadr has launched operations against U.S. and Iraqi security forces in the central city of Najaf.
Mahdi insurgents shot down a U.S. UH-1 Huey helicopter during the fighting and several crew members were injured.
www.menewsline.com /stories/2004/august/08_08_1.html   (206 words)

 MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
Mahdi Army Fighters at the Holy Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf
The Mahdi Army is comprised of the armed followers of Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shi’ite leader.
The Mahdi army is believed to gained access to unguarded Iraqi ammunition dumps in the immediate fall of the Hussein regime from which they acquired light weapons, submachine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
www.tkb.org /Group.jsp?groupID=4437   (572 words)

 USATODAY.com - Al-Sadr loyalty grows, even as al-Sistani returns to Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Even as the standoff between the Mahdi Army and U.S. forces appears to be subsiding — with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani scheduled to begin talks Friday in Najaf for a Mahdi withdrawal from the shrine — Mr.
In most cities where the Mahdi Army is present, there are Mahdi Army religious courts for resolving disputes and punishing criminals; Mahdi Army police patrols; and even Mahdi Army town councils for planning social programs.
Until the arrival of Ayatollah al-Sistani's in Basra Wednesday afternoon, al-Sadr's Mahdi Army appeared to be facing an almost certain military defeat in the streets around the Shrine of Imam Ali.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2004-08-26-cleric-loyalty_x.htm   (955 words)

 Asia Times - Shi'ites raise new battle cry
His army is named after Mahdi, the 12th Imam of the Shi'ites, who is believed to have disappeared about 1,200 years ago.
The poorly equipped and ill-trained Mahdi army's capture of Khartoum guarded by the well-trained British troops was a major defeat for the British in 1885 and who restored their power only 13 years later.
The army of al-Mahdi is yet to become a military force to reckon with.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/EH05Ak04.html   (1116 words)

 MAHDI ARMY Returns: Al-Sadr's militia attacks GIs in Baghdad
The fighting in Sadr City began shortly after midnight, when Army patrols were hit with rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs, military officials said.
The violence was the first major battle between U.S. forces and al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia since both sides stepped away from a confrontation in the holy city of Najaf late last month under a cease-fire brokered by Iraq's most senior Shiite leader.
A senior U.S. official in Iraq said recent intelligence reports have shown that Mahdi Army militiamen in Sadr City have been reorganizing and rearming since the compromise in Najaf.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/08/MNG3S8LCA11.DTL   (1002 words)

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