38 Killed across Iraq , in Recent acts of Terrorism , 799 Killed in May 2014

Blast in DamascusJNN 04 June 2014 Baghdad : Attacks across Iraq killed 38 people on Tuesday, as politicians haggle over forming a new governing coalition after an April general election.
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Terrorists of ISIL Threaten to Kill Grand Shia Cleric ‘Ayatollah Sistani’

The Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali Hussain SistaniJNN 10 May 2014 Baghdad : The Takfiri Wahabi group, Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) threatened to assassinate the Iraq-based Muslim religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani.

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The Messenger of Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s ,Hazrat Muslim Bin Aqeel’s Mousuleum gets Renovated in Kufa , Iraq

Muslim Bin Aqeel' New Mousleum Ceremony in Kofa kJNN 15 July 2013 Najaf : Believers & Faithful Waiting by and eyes with eagerness to watch the new mausoleum of Muslim Bin Akeel (A.S), Najaf and Alkufa city received the new mausoleum with enormous, popular and official attendance.

The big ceremony was attended by officials, representatives of holy thresholds and a big crowd of Alkufi people where it launched by reading verses of holy Quran then a speech of secretariat delivered by secretary –general of Alkufa mosque Sayyid Mosa Taqi Al Khulkhally who congratulated to the whole believers the arrival of Safeer’AlHussain ( A.S) new mausoleum to Alkufa city.

Sayyid Al Khulkhally remarked to the specification existed in new mausoleum, also within his speech  he thanked Almarjayah, Shiite endowment, the security forces, mass media for its covering efforts and all those who participated in this great event.

The ceremony was concluded by poem by Dr. Muhammad Hussain Asagheer which was delivered on behalf of Dr. Asageer by Dr. Al Alhajyah , in charge of Intellectual and religious affairs of Alawyah holy threshold then a supper meal was delivered over the congratulators.

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Atleast 30 Shia Men Martyred in Suicide Car Bombing and Target Killing in Iraq, Including 14 Iranian Pilgrims

Iranian Pilgrims Martyred in IraqJNN 08 June 2013 BAQUBA: A Suicide car bomb in a restive town north of  Iraq’s capital killed atleast 16 Iranian pilgrims on Friday, officials said, the latest in  a spike in violence that has sparked fears of all-out sectarian war.   Continue reading

The Beautification & Refurbishment of Holy Shrine of Hazrat Imam Ali Begins

Beautification Work of Roza e Hazral Ali Najaf dJNN 25 Feb 2013 Najaf : The first golden brick laid out on Thursday Feb/21/2013 in a ceremony for the Inaugration of the Beautification Process of the Dome and the two Minarets of the Holy Shrine of Hazrat Ali , was attended by the head of the Shiite entailment bureau Mr. Salih EL-Haidery, the Secretariat-General of the Imam Ali holy shrine, the Secretariat-General of the EL-Abbas holy shrine Sayed Ahmed EL-Safy and some other scholars and politicians. Continue reading

Days of Peaceful Protest are over Now Encounter the Aggressors -Ayatollah Sh.Essa Qasim

JNN 24 Mar 2011 Manama : People of Bahrain have been given decree By the religious & Spritual leaders of Najaf and even from the Religious Leader of Bahraini Marja e Taqleed Ayatullah Sheikh Essa Qasim in response to the Foreign Invasion of Saudi and GCC forces on Bahrain, which states that now the time for Peaceful struggle has ended Continue reading

Anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq

JNN o5 Jan 2011 NAJAF: Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who led several Shia uprisings against American forces in Iraq before going into exile in neighbouring Iran almost four years ago, returned to Iraq on Wednesday.

Al-Sadr`s return caps another dramatic rise to prominence for him and his followers after being routed by Iraqi and US forces and appearing to fade from power just a few years ago. The strong showing by his bloc in last year`s parliamentary elections and his key support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki paved the way for Wednesday`s return.

His mere presence in the country he has not publicly visited for years was cause for jubilation among his supporters in his hometown of Najaf and around the country.

Al-Sadr visited the holy shrine of Imam Ali wearing a black turban distinguishing him as one of the descendants of the Prophet Mohammed and surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards who attempted to hold back a throng of supporters.

He also visited the grave of his father, who was assassinated during Saddam Hussein`s regime, before heading to his house.

Sadrist supporters from Baghdad including top-ranking officials in his political faction streamed to Najaf for the occasion and his followers chanted “Imam Ali is with you” through the streets of the southern city.

“He is our hero. We sacrificed for him. He said `No` to the Americans and fought the Americans, and he is brave,” said Mohammed Ali, one of al-Sadr`s followers.

It was not immediately clear how long al-Sadr would stay in Iraq or whether the return marked a permanent decision to remain in the country, where his presence would mark a seismic shift in Iraqi politics. But at least one official from the Sadrist office in Najaf said he would remain in Iraq. The official did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media. An official with al-Maliki`s office confirmed a plane carrying al-Sadr flew into the southern city earlier Wednesday afternoon. He did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Al-Sadr has not been seen publicly in Iraq since 2007, and at one point an arrest warrant even hung over al-Sadr`s head for his alleged role in assassinating a fellow Shia cleric seen as a rival shortly after the US invasion in 2003.

He has been living in Iran, studying in Qom, and rarely makes public visits abroad. Last fall, he travelled to Syria for a meeting with former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi, who was challenging al-Maliki for the premiership.

His militia, called the Mahdi Army, once led bloody uprisings against American forces, and al-Sadr has made opposition to any continued American military presence in Iraq a cornerstone of his ideology.

Al-Maliki in 2008 launched an offensive against al-Sadr`s followers in their Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City and the southern city of Basra. The show of force infuriated many of his Shia allies but also demonstrated al-Maliki`s willingness to go after all militias, even those representing his own sect.

Hundreds of al-Sadr`s followers were jailed during those operations.

Enmity between al-Sadr and al-Maliki runs deep, but after months of vowing to never allow al-Maliki to return for a second term, al-Sadr and his followers eventually backed him.

The decision is believed to have been taken after intense pressure from neighbouring Iran, which would like to solidify Shia control of Iraq. But questions have also been raised about what al-Sadr and his followers received for their support. Iraqi officials have said that hundreds of his followers have been released from jail, a key Sadrist demand.

Iraqis in many southern provinces and parts of eastern Baghdad where the Sadrists dominate have reported intimidation by Sadrist members who are feeling more powerful in light of their alliance with their one-time enemy and their triumphant return to Iraqi politics.

Iraqi political analyst Hadi Jalo told The Associated Press that the return of the man reviled by American forces also underscores the US`s waning political influence in Iraq as American forces prepare to leave the country entirely by the end of this year.