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Cleric's supporters again storm Baghdad's government zone

Sep. 28, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr again stormed Baghdad’s Green Zone government area Wednesday as the Iraqi parliament held session on the resignation of its speaker. Associated Press journalists saw those supporting al-Sadr waving...

Iraq top court says it can't dissolve parliament amid crisis

Sep. 07, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top court ruled Wednesday that it does not have the legal right to dissolve parliament, a much anticipated decision that raises the stakes in the country's unprecedented 11-month political crisis. The ruling by the Supreme Federal Court states the court does...

No end to crisis as Iraq's PM ends second round of talks

Sep. 05, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister convened a second round of talks Monday with Iraqi leaders aimed at resolving the ongoing political crisis between rival Shiite blocs, but the representatives of an influential cleric failed once again to attend the gathering. The...

Iraqis heed cleric's plea to leave streets after clashes

Aug. 31, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Armed supporters of a powerful Iraqi cleric who clashed with security forces in the capital began to withdraw from the streets Tuesday, restoring a measure of calm after a serious escalation of the nation's political crisis. Following two days of deadly unrest that...

Shiite cleric's followers storm Iraq's government palace after he announces his retirement from politics

Aug. 29, 2022 08:22 AM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric's followers storm Iraq's government palace after he announces his retirement from politics.

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces his resignation from politics amid protests by his followers

Aug. 29, 2022 06:53 AM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces his resignation from politics amid protests by his followers.

Iraqi PM: Political crisis undermining security achievements

Aug. 27, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi warned Saturday that the political crisis in the country is threatening security achievements made in past years. Al-Kadhimi’s warning is a clear indication of the dangers of one of Iraq’s worst political...

Iraq Shiite cleric's supporters demand assembly be dissolved

Aug. 23, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of an influential Shiite cleric in Iraq rallied on Tuesday in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, demanding the dissolution of parliament and early elections. The demonstration outside the Supreme Judicial Council and parliament buildings...

Attack on Rushdie shows divisions among Lebanese Shiites

Aug. 17, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The stabbing of author Salman Rushdie has laid bare divisions in Lebanon's Shiite Muslim community, pitting a few denouncing the violence against fervent followers of the Iran-backed Shiite militant Hezbollah group who have praised the attack. One Rushdie defender received death...

Iraqi PM calls meeting of senior politicians to end crisis

Aug. 17, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister called a meeting of senior political leaders and party representatives Wednesday, seeking a way out of a monthslong crisis amid a power struggle between rival Shiite blocs. But the party of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr did not attend...