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Iraq protest camps splinter over cleric's backing of new PM

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:43 PM

Most young protesters have rejected premier-designate Mohammad Allawi as too close to the ruling elite and a product of consensus among much-reviled parties

PROTEST. Iraqi anti-government demonstrators step on a poster bearing the portrait of prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi in Baghdad's Tahrir square on February 3, 2020. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Thousands join anti-U.S. rally in Baghdad, rattling rival protesters

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The march rattles the separate, months-old protest movement that has gripped the capital and the Shiite-majority south since October, demanding a government overhaul, early elections, and more accountability

Iraq's Sadr calls for anti-U.S. protests amid new rocket attack

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:05 AM

The Iraqi leader makes the call after Katyusha rockets target an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where American-led coalition forces are based

PEACEFUL PROTEST. Iraqi leader Moqtada Sadr calls for a "million-strong march" against United States troops in Iraq on January 14, 2020. File photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Drone hits Iraq cleric's home as tensions rise after Baghdad attack

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The developments mark a worrying turn for the anti-government protests rocking Iraq since October, the country's largest and deadliest grassroots movement in decades

Iraq's top two parliament groups demand PM Abadi resign

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:03 AM

This deals a severe blow to Abadi's hopes of holding onto his post through a parliamentary bloc unveiled just days earlier with cleric Moqtada Sadr

IRAQ PM. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq PM warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'They wanted to be stronger than the state in order to blackmail civilians,' says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. 'This we will not allow.'

IRAQ PM. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivering a televised speech in Baghdad on December 9, 2017, announcing the end of a war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State group out of the country. Handout by Iraqiya TV/AFP

Iraq's Sadr announces alliance with pro-Iranian Ameri

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr hails the formation of 'a true alliance to accelerate the formation of a national government away from any dogmatism'

ALLIANCE. In this file photo, Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-L) shows his ink-stained index finger and holds a national flag while surrounded by people outside a polling station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the 1st parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq parliament orders full election recount

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Confusion has gripped Iraq since the vote won by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's electoral alliance with communists, even with negotiations to form a new government underway

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

May 19, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Moqtada Sadr faces a deeply fragmented political landscape and opposition from key player Iran

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Fiery cleric ahead in Iraq election surprise

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The outcome throws open the race to become the next premier, following a parliamentary vote on Saturday, May 12, hit by record abstentions and widespread disillusionment

ELECTIONS. Members of the Iraqi security forces stand guard as people queue in front of a polling station in the Wadi Hajar district of Mosul on May 12, 2018, still partially in ruins from the devastating months-long fight to oust the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq cleric calls for Baghdad protest camp

Mar 12, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Moqtada Sadr says the sit in would begin next Friday March 18 to demand the reshuffle of a cabinet perceived as corrupt and ineffective

PROTESTS. Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave Iraqi national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the entrance for the green zone, central Baghdad, Iraq, March 4, 2016. File photo by Ali Abbas/EPA