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Sadr Plans to Focus Mahdi Army on Religious, Social Mission

August 29, 2018
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BAGHDAD, July 8 — Anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday announced new details of plans to transform his Mahdi Army militia into a religious and social organization, a step that U.S. officials hope will further tamp down violence in Iraq.

(Washington Post — 9 August, 2008)
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BAGHDAD, Aug 4 — Roadside bombs killed two American soldiers and wounded a third Monday as their patrol drove through eastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

(Washington Post — 5 August, 2008)
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The U.S. and Iraq are close to a deal under which all American combat troops would leave by October 2010 with remaining U.S. forces gone about three years later, two Iraqi officials said Thursday. (MSNBC — 8 August, 2008)
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U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have agreed on most elements of a framework under which U.S. combat troops would withdraw from Iraqi cities sometime next year, but dates have not yet been settled and Iraqi political approval of the draft accord remains uncertain, according to Bush administration…

(Washington Post — 8 hours ago)
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BAGHDAD — A growing number of Iraqi groups are choosing to pursue their agendas through politics instead of bloodshed, a trend that has helped bring down levels of violence. But as Iraqis leave behind the sectarian cataclysms of recent years, ethnic and regional political disputes in several parts…

(Washington Post — 8 August, 2008)
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