Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fought US, Iraqi forces in Baghdad and Basra on Tuesday.
A consensus to isolate the group is fraying due to the lack of political results.
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The Chadirji family – several of whose members helped shape modern Iraq – renew an uphill bid to promote their ideals.
Cairo is working hard for a cease-fire, partly to curb Iran's growing clout.
The Greek Cypriot president meets Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Talat Friday to discuss the renewal of reunification talks.
But America may need to understand how the world has changed during the war and what different kind of leadership is now required.
High-level talks on contentious issues such as missile defense had a markedly different tone from past rhetoric.
Five years after the US invasion, some see flickers of hope.
Many call the Islamic Republic the 'winner' in Iraq, but it faces the prospect of a long-term US presence next door.