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Iraq's Sadr warns MPs against rejecting new government

Populist cleric Moqtada Sadr returned to Iraq Saturday with a threat to organise protests outside parliament unless lawmakers back the government of prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi in a confidence vote. The Shiite cleric with a cult-like following in Iraq has thrown his weight behind the appointment of Allawi, despite the premier's rejection by a protest movement Sadr once backed.
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Hundreds of Iraqi women defy cleric to protest authorities

Hundreds of Iraqi women of all ages flooded central Baghdad Thursday alongside male anti-government protesters, defying an order by powerful cleric Moqtada Sadr to separate the genders in the rallies.
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Iraq cleric Sadr dissolves units accused of deadly attacks on protests

Controversial Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr announced on Tuesday he was dissolving the "blue caps", an organised unit of his supporters accused of deadly attacks on anti-government protests in recent days. Sadr, who has a cult-like following of several million Iraqis, had first backed the popular rallies demanding a government overhaul when they erupted in October, but has switched course multiple times in recent weeks. Since then, diehard Sadr supporters wearing blue caps have raided protest camp...
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At Iraq protests, a cleric's tweets split his followers

Sporting their signature blue caps, the men marched triumphantly through Baghdad's protest camp. The die-hard followers of firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr were back in Tahrir Square, and they wanted everyone to know it. Sadr, an enigmatic Shiite cleric who shot to prominence years ago by battling US occupation troops with his notorious Mahdi Army, has built a cult-like following across Iraq and controls the largest parliamentary bloc.
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Iraqis mass to urge US troop ouster, rival rallies turn deadly

Two anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with security forces in the Iraqi capital on Friday, hours after thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr rallied separately to demand the ouster of US troops. Four NGO workers, three of them French nationals, were also reported missing in Baghdad, rocked since October by a youth-dominated protest movement demanding a government overhaul, early elections and more accountability. On Friday, one protester was struck in the neck b...
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Thousands protest in Iraq to demand ouster of US troops

Thousands of supporters of populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr gathered in Baghdad on Friday for a rally to demand the ouster of US troops, putting the protest-hit capital on edge. The march rattled the separate, months-old protest movement that has gripped the capital and Shiite-majority south since October, demanding a government overhaul, early elections and more accountability. Some waved signs in Arabic and English reading "Death to America" and one protester carried a cardboard cut-out of...
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Iraq's Sadr calls for anti-US protests amid new rocket attack

Firebrand Iraqi leader Moqtada Sadr called Tuesday for a peaceful "million-strong march" against US troops in Iraq, days after parliament urged their departure following Washington's killing of an Iranian general in a drone strike. Further upping the pressure on the American deployment, Katyusha rockets on Tuesday night targeted an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US-led coalition forces are based, in the latest attack on American forces in the country. "The skies, land and sovereignty of ...
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Iraq PM sees power clipped by rivals amid pro-Iran pressure: sources

As anti-government protests sweep his country, Iraq's embattled premier has found his decision-making powers clipped by rivals and his entourage subject to increasing pressure from Iran, Iraqi officials told AFP. Adel Abdel Mahdi, 77, came to power last year as the product of a tenuous alliance between populist cleric Moqtada Sadr and pro-Iran paramilitary chief Hadi al-Ameri, with the required blessing of Iraq's Shiite religious leadership.
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, Afp, Adel Abdel Mahdi, Moqtada Sadr, Hadi al Ameri


Iraq cleric Sadr demands government resign as deadly protests spike

Iraqi firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr called on the government to resign as violence spiked Friday across the country and protesters clashed with police on the fourth day of deadly demonstrations against corruption and unemployment. The former Shiite militia leader, whose bloc is the biggest in parliament, said in a statement that in order to avoid further deaths "the government should resign and early elections should be held under UN supervision". Friday saw chaotic scenes of protests in Baghd...
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Iraq's Sadr Named Winner of May's Election After Recount

(AFP) -- Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls.
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Iraq PM warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday he would not allow militias to stockpile arms, two weeks after a weapons depot belonging to an armed group exploded in Baghdad. At least 16 people were killed and around 30 injured when the cache, owned by a group close to populist cleric Moqtada Sadr, blew up in his stronghold of Sadr City on June 7. "There are groups who have taken advantage of the war against (the Islamic State group) to stock up weapons in order to threaten the state,...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Baghdad, Haider al Abadi, Sadr City, Abadi, Moqtada Sadr, Defence University


Iraq's Sadr announces alliance with pro-Iranian Ameri

Nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr announced on Tuesday a surprise political alliance with pro-Iranian Hadi al-Ameri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years. The two blocs won first and second place in the war-scarred country's May 12 parliamentary election. The move by Sadr, who is staunchly opposed to Iranian involvement in the country, was unexpected by much of the political class as he had suggested unwillingness to work with Ameri and his bloc of pro-Iranian former fighters.
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Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

Final results from Iraq's election confirmed Saturday that an alliance spearheaded by populist cleric Moqtada Sadr has triumphed, but the fiery preacher faces a huge task to form a governing coalition. Sadr's Marching Towards Reform bloc won 54 of the 329 seats in parliament in a major upset at a May 12 vote that saw a record level of abstentions as Iraqis turned their back on a widely reviled elite. The nationalist -- whose Shiite militia battled US troops after the 2003 invasion -- faces a ...
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Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr's bloc wins Iraq elections

Moqtada Sadr, a long-time opponent of the US and Iran, makes a comeback in Iraq, final results show.
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Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr bloc wins Iraq elections

Moqtada Sadr makes a comeback in Iraq, defeating PM Haidar al-Abadi, final results show.
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Iran allies round on surprise Iraq vote winner

Iran and its allies were mustering a bid Wednesday to limit the role of fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr in Iraq's next government after his shock election win reshaped the country's political landscape. The preacher, who was the bete noire of American forces during the US invasion, captured the most seats in parliament after his improbable alliance with Iraq's communists tapped popular anger over corruption and foreign interference. Fanar Haddad, an Iraq analyst at the University of Singapore...
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Fiery cleric ahead in Iraq election surprise

An alliance spearheaded by nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr looked on course Monday for a surprise triumph at Iraq's first nationwide election since the defeat of the Islamic State group. In a further political upset, the rival Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former fighters appeared to be coming in second, squeezing internationally favoured prime minister Haider al-Abadi into third. Shiite preacher Sadr -- who did not stand as a candidate and therefore cannot head the government -- appears se...
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Iraq Election: Abadi Trails Rivals

By John Lee. According to media reports, the Nasr (Victory) Alliance led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is trailing in third place in the Iraqi general elections. With more than half of votes counted, Saeroun (Marching Towards Reform) list, comprising Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr’s*Istiqama (Integrity) party and six mostly secular groups, is in the lead, says BBC News. This is followed by the*Fatah (Conquest) bloc, linked to Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries who fought the Islamic State (...
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Cleric who bloodied US and pro-Iran fighter frontrunners in Iraq vote

Iraqi political firebrands, nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr and pro-Iranian Hadi al-Ameri, are two former militia chieftains pitching themselves as outsiders ready to fight graft and boost services. Both look set to play key roles in determining the next leader of their war-scarred nation after their rival political alliances appeared to surge at national polls. Sadr, 44, comes from a long line of Shiite holy men, and is well known to Washington after his fighters battled US troops in Iraq fol...
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Iraq voters rebuke PM's party as rivals surge

The race to become Iraq's next prime minister appeared wide open Monday as two outsider alliances looked to be in the lead after the first elections since the defeat of the Islamic State group. According to partial official results obtained by AFP, the Marching Towards Reform alliance of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and his communist allies was ahead in six of Iraq's 18 provinces and second in four others. The Conquest Alliance, made up of ex-fighters from mainly Iran-backed paramilitary units t...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Iran, Moqtada Sadr, Conquest Alliance


Iraq elections thrown open as outsiders appear strong

The race to become Iraq's next prime minister appeared wide open Monday as two outsider alliances looked to be in the lead after the first elections since the defeat of the Islamic State group. According to partial official results obtained by AFP, the Marching Towards Reform alliance of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and communists was ahead in six of Iraq's 18 provinces and second in four others. The Conquest Alliance, made up of ex-fighters from mainly Iran-backed paramilitary units that battle...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Iran, Moqtada Sadr, Conquest Alliance


Sadr returns to political spotlight

The Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has returned to the spotlight and carved out a key role in Iraq's current political crisis, says Ahmed Maher in Baghdad.
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Iraq PM Given Three Days to Reshuffle Cabinet

Iraq's parliament gave embattled Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi until Thursday to present a cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his protest movement for reform.
Tags: Iraq, Haider, Moqtada Sadr, Reshuffle Cabinet


Iraq cabinet warns Sadr protest camp 'illegal'

Baghdad: The Iraqi cabinet has decided not to authorise a protest camp by followers of cleric Moqtada Sadr which had been due to begin Friday in front of the fortified "Green Zone". Tens of thousands of Sadr supporters have been preparing for a days-long sit-in in central Baghdad aimed at pressuring the government to implement deeper political reform.
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Iraq Cleric Sadr Calls for Baghdad Protest Camp

(AFP) -- Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr on Saturday urged his followers to ramp up pro-reform rallies by setting up tents in front of Baghdad's 'Green Zone' and camping out until their demands are met.
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