NAGs

Al-Mahdi Army


Year Formed: 2004
Year Terminated: 2008

Target States:
Iraq

Ideational Characteristics:
Religious

Objectives:
Demands for Policy Change

External Supporters:

Iran

Narrative Summary:

NAG Support Dataset Code: 73

UCDP/PRIO Code: 1074

References:

___. "Al-Jazeera TV Discusses Basra Clashes, Impact on Iraqi Political Scene." BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political, Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring 30 Mar. 2008: n. pag. Web.

___. "Iraq's Al-Sadr Trend Issues New Conditions for Al-Mahdi Army Membership." BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political, Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring 5 Mar. 2008: n. pag. Web.

___. "U.S. Commander in Iraq Blames Secret Militia Cell for Kidnapping of 5 Britons in Iraq." The Associated Press 21 June 2007: n. pag. Web.

___. "Iraqi Al-Mahdi Army Not a Militia, Sunnis "unjustly Treated" - Sadrist MP."BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political, Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring 26 Oct. 2006: n. pag. Web.

August, Oliver. "Firebrand Cleric Holds Balance of Power; Front-runners Seek Militia Leader's Support Iraq." The Times [London] 23 Mar. 2010, 1st ed., National Edition, NEWS sec.: 31. Web.

Farrell, Stephen. "Sadrists Are Told to Join Unarmed Wing." The New York Times 9 Aug. 2008, Late Edition - Final ed., A; Column 0; Foreign Desk sec.: 8. Web.

Jabar, Faleh. "Family, Faith, Force." The World Today Oct. 60.10 (2004): 22-23. Web.

Karim, Ammar. "For Some Mahdi Army Fighters in Iraq the Pen Is Mightier."Agence France Presse 14 Dec. 2008: n. pag. Web.

Mroue, Bassem. "Mahdi Army Gaining Followers amid Talks of Crackdown."Associated Press International 14 July 2006, INTERNATIONAL NEWS sec.: n. pag. Web.

Porter, Gareth. "IRAQ: UNABLE TO DEFEAT MAHDI ARMY, U.S. AIMS TO DIVIDE IT." Interpress Service. N.p., 9 Oct. 2007. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

Sands, Phillip. "The Iranian Connection: From Tehran to Baghdad; Camps Provide Military Training for Iraqi Fighters; While US-led 'surge' Keeps Lid on Capital, Thousands of Shia Militia Are Reported in Iran Preparing for All-out Confrontation." The Independent on Sunday 15 Apr. 2007: n. pag. Web.

Takeyh, Ray. "Iran's New Iraq." The Middle East Journal 62.1 (2008): 13-30. Web.