Battle of Karbala (2007)

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Battle of Karbala (2007)
Part of the Iraq War
Date August 27–29, 2007
Location Karbala, Iraq
Result Cease-fire
Belligerents
Iraq Iraq Flag of Jihad.svg Mahdi Army
Commanders and leaders
Hadi Al-Amiri Ali Sharia  (POW)
Casualties and losses
52 killed (including 10 policemen)[1][2]

The Battle of Karbala began on the night of August 27, 2007 and involved fighting between the Mahdi Army, who provided security for the pilgrims,[3] and police (who were largely members of the Badr Organization) in Karbala, Iraq.

Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims gathered in the city for the annual festival of Mid-Sha'ban. Security was high as pilgrims have been killed in previous years by suicide bombers.

Battle[edit]

Shooting first started on August 27. The government reacted by deploying more troops to the area.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki imposed a curfew on the morning of August 29 as fighting continued. Soon after, he claimed that the situation was under control.[4] The curfew ordered pilgrims to leave their devotions early and ultimately failed to stop a third bout of shooting in the evening.

Trial[edit]

The head of the Mahdi Army in Karbala, Ali Sharia, was arrested and tried over the violence. In August 2008 he was convicted and sentenced to death.[5]

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