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Iraq’s Sadr warns of ‘war’ if U.S. presence extended

NAJAF, Iraq — A radical anti-US Shiite cleric warned of “war” if US forces stayed in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, in a brief statement viewed on Wednesday. Moqtada al-Sadr did not give any further details in the written reply to a follower’s question, released by his…

Moqtada al Sadr: U.S. military trainers could be targets post withdrawal

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s fiercely anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has warned that U.S. military trainers will be targets if they stay in the country beyond a year-end deadline for American troops to leave. The statement from Sadr, whose Mehdi Army militia fought U.S. troops until 2008, follows a deal by…

As al-Maliki edges toward power, former Iraqi premier warns of looming civil war

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki took a major step toward staying in power on Saturday when a top Shiite cleric said he would not stop him from keeping his job, but an arch-rival warned of civil war. A spokesman for Moqtada al-Sadr, a radical, anti-US cleric who is currently living…

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