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Rowdy welcome for cleric Moqtada Sadr   Southern Iraq: Anti-US Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has received an enthusiastic welcome in the Iraqi city of Najaf Shia pilgrims flock to city for Ashura   Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have gathered in the city of Karbala for the climax of the religious festival of Ashura Violence mars start of Ramadan  The holy month of Islam began with Iraqis hoping for tranquility but fearful. 4 Iraqi soldiers and a government worker were killed in attacks Women banned from shrine  Baghdad: Iraqi authorities have closed a major shrine in Kadhimiya area to women amid security concerns as a Shia religious ceremony reaches its clim... Web site of influential Shiite cleric hacked  The Web site of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was hacked; the attackers' messages saying they are Sunnis upset over fatwas, or edicts Pilgrimage's history prompts to ban traffic  Baghdad: Vehicles will be banned for 2 days in the capital as one of many security measures being implemented for a Shiite pilgrimage to Baghdad Office having sectarian agenda  Baghdad: Prime minister has created an entity within his government that is being used as a smokescreen to hide an extreme Shiite agenda   PM calls for Ramadan unity   Baghdad: Nouri Maliki has urged Iraqis to use the Muslim holy month to set aside their differences and seek national unity Security tight for pilgrimage  Baghdad: Thousands of Shiite Muslims walked to commemorate the death of a revered 8th century imam Musa al-Kadhim Allawi chased from mosque Map of Najaf Iraq
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  The Al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of northern Syria and neighboring Iraq formally declared the creation of an Islamic state
  Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, has issued a call to arms while Sunni-led insurgents seize more towns

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  Former Prime Minister was chased from a mosque in Najaf in what he said was an apparent attempt on his life

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Aug.26 Shiites stream into Najaf mosque
Map of Najaf Iraq  Thousands of marchers from across the country streamed into the Imam Ali Mosque in central Najaf Aug.25 Al-Sistani returns, urges march on Najaf
  Grand Ayatollah called on Iraqis to march to help rescue the holy city. Some of al-Sadr's top aides have been captured
Apr.13 Al-Sadr 'ready to sacrifice'  The radical Shiite cleric says he's not ruling out any way to end 'occupation'

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Apr.23 Pilgrims flood Karbala on final holy day  Crowds of Shia Muslims chanted and danced in the streets at a pilgrimage suppressed under Saddam Hussein's rule Apr.22 Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala
  Exuberant Shiite Muslims are reviving a religious tradition that was not allowed under Saddam Hussein
Apr.21   Clerics challenge US rule  More than 4,000 Shia Muslims converged on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad and staged an anti-American protest

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Nov.6 Ramadan overshadowed by war threat  Arab Countries: Muslims have begun fasting, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the possibility of a war against Iraq casting a shadow

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2014-06-29 ISIS declares new Islamic caliphate Iraq
C. 2014-06-13 Iraq cleric issues Shia call to arms Iraq
D. 2011-01-06 Rowdy welcome for cleric Moqtada Sadr Najaf, Southern Iraq
E. 2009-12-26 Shia pilgrims flock to city for Ashura Karbala, Iraq
5. 2009-08-23 Violence mars start of Ramadan Iraq
G. 2009-01-06 Women banned from shrine Baghdad
7. 2008-09-19 Web site of influential Shiite cleric hacked Iraq
I. 2007-08-07 Pilgrimage's history prompts to ban traffic Baghdad
J. 2007-05-01 Office having sectarian agenda Baghdad

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