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Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashoura

Aug. 08, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Shiite Muslims — from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan — were marking the festival of Ashoura on Monday, one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein. ...

In Baghdad's Sadr City, cleric's support underpins protests

Aug. 05, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim’s four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq’s parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. ...

Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad

Aug. 05, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad's government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country's capital on...

Iraqi cleric calls for dissolution of parliament, early vote

Aug. 03, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told followers Wednesday to continue their sit-in inside Iraq’s government zone, and called for the dissolution of parliament and early elections, signaling a deepening power struggle with his rivals. Speaking for the...

Followers of cleric told to withdraw from Iraq's parliament

Aug. 02, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Followers of an influential Shiite cleric camped out inside the Iraqi parliament building for a fourth straight day were instructed Tuesday to leave the building but maintain their protest outside. In a tweet, a representative of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told the...

Threat of protests, violent escalation stirs fears in Iraq

Aug. 01, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands gathered in Baghdad on Monday for a counter-rally called by Iran-backed groups against their rival, an influential cleric whose followers are staging a sit-in inside the Iraqi parliament — only to withdraw hours later. It wasn't immediately clear if the...

Briton leaves Iraq after antiquities conviction quashed

Jul. 31, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A retired British geologist jailed in Iraq for antiquities smuggling has been freed and has left the country, his family said Sunday. Jim Fitton, 66, was sentenced in June to 15 years in an Iraqi prison. A Baghdad appeals court overturned the conviction and last week...

Iraq cleric's followers camped out in parliament for 2nd day

Jul. 31, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — With mattresses strewn about, food trucked in and protesters playacting as lawmakers, hundreds of followers of an influential Shiite cleric were camped out Sunday inside the Iraqi parliament after toppling security walls around the building and storming in the previous day. ...

Iraqi protesters storm parliament in Baghdad, set up sit-in

Jul. 30, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric stormed into Iraq's parliament on Saturday, for the second time this week, protesting government formation efforts led by his rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups. The alliance showed signs of internal...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the storming of Iraq's parliament?

Jul. 28, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The followers of the influential populist Shiite cleric came by the thousands to storm Iraq's parliament. Just as quickly, the protesters dispersed at his command. Mass mobilization and control is a well-worn strategy of Muqtada al-Sadr, a mercurial figure who has...