• April 1, 2008  

    Over the weekend, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia to stand down after days of battles with Iraqi and U.S. forces in Basra and parts of Baghdad — a move some see as a blow to the authority of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Now, both sides are calculating what, if anything, was won or lost in the fighting. Continue reading