Six ministers tied to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left the Iraqi Cabinet Monday, protesting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's refusal to set a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Two regional experts discuss the resignations and the impact on Iraqi politics.
On the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, thousands of Shiite Muslims called to action by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr marched peacefully in the streets of Kufa and Najaf demanding an end to U.S. military presence in Iraq.
U.S.-backed Iraqi troops killed more than 200 insurgents from a religious cult in a weekend battle near the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraqi officials said Monday. A Los Angeles Times reporter in Baghdad discusses the fighting and its implications.
A suicide attacker detonated his explosives outside a Shiite shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Thursday, killing at least 35 people and injuring at least 122, the Iraqi army said.
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By PBS NewsHour
Iraqi authorities detained 50 suspects Monday in connection with dual car bombings that killed at least 66 people in the mainly Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala on Sunday.
Iraq's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met in Najaf Thursday, forging an agreement aimed at ending fighting that has engulfed the city for the past three weeks.
Fighting between U.S. Marines and loyalists to rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr escalated in Najaf Monday as the U.S. military stepped up pressure on the militiamen to hand over control of the Imam Ali Shrine to religious authorities.
Militants supporting radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr removed their weapons from the sacred Imam Ali Shrine in central Najaf Friday, bringing an end to a two-week standoff in the holy city.
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi issued a "final call" to Shiite militants in Najaf Thursday, telling them to disarm and leave the sacred Imam Ali Shrine or face a massive onslaught by Iraqi forces.
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