First Published: 2007-05-25

Top Sadr militia commander killed in Basra

Joint British-Iraqi military operation kills Osama Abu Qader while driving his car with four others.


Middle East Online

A joint mission

BASRA, Iraq - A joint British-Iraqi force shot dead the commander of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia in the main southern city of Basra on Friday, police and the British military said.

"He has been killed, we didn't kill him, the Iraqi special operations forces killed him," British spokesman Major David Gell said, adding that 100 British troops were involved in the operation.

The local police force, which has been heavily infiltrated by the Mahdi Army, said that it was British troops who killed Osama Abu Qader.

"He was killed by the British together with two of his aides," said a police officer in the city.

An official of the movement of Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr, which runs the Mahdi Army, also blamed British troops.

"The British forces surrounded Abu Qader, who was driving his car with four others," the official said from the movement's headquarters in the Shiite holy city of Najaf.

The official confirmed that Abu Qader was the Mahdi Army's commander in Basra but added that he had recently been suspended due to his involvement in clashes with the rival Fadhila party.

Sadr supporters in Basra reported a tense situation in the port city with large numbers of armed militiamen taking to the streets.


Tillerson pushes to undercut Iran at landmark Saudi, Iraq meeting

US-backed forces capture key Syria oil field

UN ends Libya talks with no progress made

Gulf share values plummet

Greening the Camps brings food and hope to refugees

No clear US strategy in Syria after Raqqa liberation

More than half of Austrians vote for anti-immigration party

Washington sees potential Hezbollah threat in the US

Cairo killing sparks security concerns among Copts

Iraq PM arrives in Saudi to upgrade ties

35 Egyptian police killed in Islamist ambush

Morocco recalls Algeria envoy over 'hashish money' jibe

Ceremony marks 75 years since WWII Battle of El Alamein

Somalia attack death toll rises to 358

Long road ahead for families of jailed Morocco protesters

How Raqa recapture affects complex Syrian war

Israel hits Syrian artillery after Golan fire

Germany advances Israel submarine deal after corruption holdup

Bashir Gemayel's killer convicted, 35 years later

SDF hails 'historic victory' against IS in Raqa

Hamas delegation visits Iran

Turkish court orders release of teacher on hunger strike

Yemen rebel youth minister urges children to join war

Iran's Guards show no intention of curbing activities in Mideast

EU will cut some money for Turkey as ties sour

Iraqi workers return to oil fields retaken from Kurds

Kurdish disarray shows resurgence of Iraq's army

Iranian military chief visits frontline near Syria's Aleppo

Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Ancient Turkish town set to vanish forever under floodwaters

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 110 people over Gulen links

Lebanon approves first budget since 2005

Tillerson does not expect Gulf crisis to be resolved soon

Moscow seeks to boost its influence in Kurdistan through oil

Hamas calls US unity comments ‘blatant interference’

OPEC chief pleased with oil market rebalancing

Turkish police detain leading civil society figure

G7, tech giants meet to tackle terror online

Iraq’s Kurdish regional government open to Baghdad talks

Tensions flare among Yemen's rebels

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

Erdogan, Nigerian counterpart to ramp up cooperation

Russian medics operate on Yemen's Saleh despite embargo

Baghdad condemns oil deal between Russia’s Rosneft, Kurds

Power shifts again in Iraq's multi-ethnic Kirkuk