Al-Sadr followers rally in Iraq against US troops

Veiled women supporters of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr march while holding a sign that reads, “no, no to occupation,” in Arabic, in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Tens of thousands of followers of the Shiite anti-American cleric are rallying in Baghdad, demanding the U.S. military leave Iraq at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD — Militiamen and followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr led a massive rally on Thursday, marching in Baghdad in a show of force as Iraqi leaders weigh whether to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond the end of the year. Continue reading

Germany fights to access citizen arrested by US troops in Afghanistan

Afghanistan | 26.01.2011


A report by a German newspaper says a 23-year-old German citizen of Afghan descent was arrested by US troops in Kabul on apparent suspicion of terrorism. German diplomats say they are working to access the young man.

The German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it is making intense efforts to gain access to a German citizen arrested by United States troops in Afghanistan, according to a report by a German newspaper.

The Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported in its Wednesday edition that a 23-year-old student from Frankfurt, identified only as Haddid N., had been arrested by US troops on Jan. 8 at his father’s house in Kabul. Continue reading