What’s Mahdi Army? The group Iraqi cleric wants to reactivate after Soleimani murdering

What’s Mahdi Army? The group Iraqi cleric wants to reactivate after Soleimani murdering

New Delhi: The US attack that killed as action against each other is now threatening, Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on 3 January is set to have major repercussions in West Asia.

But one that many did not anticipate, another fallout of the Donald Trump government’s decision, is the dreaded Mahdi Army led by the Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr’s resurrection.

In a tweet after Soleimani was killed, al-Sadr expressed his condolences to Iran as well as to the Shia-majority country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, also said the Mahdi Army is willing to’protect Iraq’ if American forces attack Iran’s next-door neighbour.

In an effort the 45-year-old al-Sadr even seen Soleimani’s house in Tehran.

Meanwhile, pre-empting a retaliation by Iran and attack on the 6,000-strong US military contingent in Iraq, US President Donald Trump has said America will attack 52 important sites in Iran’very quickly and very hard’.

What’s the Mahdi Army?

The Mahdi Army was founded by al-Sadr in the June of the year with the purpose of throwing away forces.

It started with the recruitment of almost 500 young students from several madrasas in Sadr City area of Baghdad, which was Hussein’s power center.

According to Muqtada al-Sadr, Patrick Cockburn’s book and the Fall of Iraq, the cleric’s only claim to fame was the family he belonged to. Both father-in-law and his father were revered as martyrs as Hussein and his men killed them.

‘Sadr’s overarching objective is to meet the heritage of the martyred male relatives to whom he owes his status.’

Al-Sadr believed that never was, although it was his time to rule Iraq after Saddam was overthrown by US forces in 2003. Al-Sadr, nevertheless, continued to maintain tensions alive in the country.

It was a force that came to be identified with’death squads and cleansing’, Cockburn says in his book, including this is one of the reasons and Iraq could not be ruled by him.

Al-Sadr disbanded the Mahdi Army to revive it.

The nomenclature of his Mahdi Army also changed to’Saraya al Salam’ and revived it to combat ISIS.

In 2016, as the militias and Iraqi security forces ready to retake Mosul in the Islamic State, Sadr threatened to attack U.S. troops with his militia if additional soldiers were not deployed to aid in the fight.

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Iran says it’s pulling from nuclear agreement, but remains part of bargain ‘politically’

Iran says it’s pulling from nuclear agreement, but remains part of bargain ‘politically’

Conclusion comes after Qassem Soleimani was murdered

New Delhi: Iran Sunday announced that it’s fully withdrawing in the 2015 nuclear deal, days after its top leader Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump.

Some experts say that for all practical reasons the 2015 deal is dead, but others say that it isn’t and point out how Iran statement suggests it is still part of the deal.

‘This measure is within JCPOA (the Iranian nuclear deal) & all 5 measures are reversible upon EFFECTIVE implementation of reciprocal obligations. Iran cooperation w/IAEA will continue,’ tweeted Javad Zarif.

What did Iran say?

On Sunday, Iranian state television declared that the nation withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.

According to a report in the Reuters, Iran has decided to breach all constraints imposed by the 2015 deal –‘whether the limit on its amount of uranium enrichment centrifuges to its enrichment capacity, the amount to which uranium could be enriched, the amount of stockpiled enriched uranium or Iran’s nuclear Research and Development activities’.

The US had declared its withdrawal from the deal. In May 2019, Iran responded by withdrawing from the agreement.

Iran nuclear deal not dead yet

Richard Johnson, a former US state department official and a analyst, tweeted:’Many people believed to enriching at near 20%, Iran would announce a move. It didn’t do that today. This is good news.’ The timeline that was breakout could have dramatically diminished.

Johnson went on to mention the above-mentioned tweet of Zarif and said that Iran is still a part of the deal’from a political perspective’.

‘Media is characterising this as the end of this JCPOA, but Zarif’s tweet makes clear that Iran wants to say they are IN the JCPOA from a political perspective,’ he tweeted. Another nuclear analyst Vipin Narang has a similar monitoring.

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Former Nissan boss took bullet train to Osaka

Former Nissan boss took bullet train to Osaka

Tokyo: Former Nissan and Renault boss Carlos Ghosn began his astonishing escape from Japan with a bullet train ride from Tokyo to Osaka, maybe accompanied by several folks, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Monday.

Japanese authorities said on Monday they might press Ghosn’s extradition from Lebanon to face charges of financial wrongdoing, even though the country does not normally extradite its nationals.

The international fugitive then went by car to a resort near Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, where he boarded a private jet at 11:10 p.m., according to the media accounts.

Ghosn was prohibited from leaving Japan while awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct, which he has denied, but he fled at the end of last year to escape what he called a “rigged” justice system.

Prosecutors are currently working with police to piece together Ghosn’s route and find out who aided him, Kyodo said.

Such a request would have to be carefully analyzed based on the possibility of”guaranteeing reciprocity and the national law of the partner country”, Mori told reporters in Tokyo.


Mori didn’t say what would guarantee reciprocity – the concept that benefits or penalties extended by one nation to citizens of another should be reciprocated. She also did not say if there were any Lebanese nationals in Japan wanted in Lebanon.

Mori offered little insight to the events of Ghosn’s escape into his ancestral home, repeatedly stating she could not comment on specifics because of an ongoing investigation.

Japanese officials broke days of silence regarding the Ghosn case on Sunday, saying they’d tighten immigration measures and investigate his escape thoroughly. The authorities also have issued an international note for his arrest.

Government offices and most businesses in Japan have been closed for the New Year holidays, which formally ended on Monday.

Lebanon has said it received an Interpol arrest warrant for Ghosn and that he entered the country lawfully. A senior Lebanese security official, meanwhile, has said Lebanon doesn’t extradite its citizens.

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