Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calls for dissolution of parliament, threatens consequences on non-compliance

Powerful Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called on the country’s judiciary to dissolve parliament by end of next week, threatening unspecific consequences if it does not do what he says. The populist leader has helped inflame tensions in Iraq over the last two weeks by commanding thousands of followers to storm and… Read More Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calls for dissolution of parliament, threatens consequences on non-compliance

Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi unharmed following assassination attempt with armed drones

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped unharmed from an armed drone assassination attempt in Baghdad, officials said on Sunday, in an incident that raised tension in Iraq weeks after a general election disputed by Iran-backed militia groups. Kadhimi appeared in a video footage published by his office on Sunday chairing a meeting with top security… Read More Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi unharmed following assassination attempt with armed drones

Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful pro-Iranian figures in Iraq, has rejected the results of Iraq’s elections as “fabricated”, according to the Baghdad-based pro-Iranian TV channel al-Aahd. “We will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost,” the channel cited him as saying on Tuesday on its Telegram messaging account. Iran-backed parties with links… Read More Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party was the biggest winner in an Iraqi election on Monday, increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement. Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki looked set to have the next largest win among Shi’ite parties, initial results… Read More Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins parliamentary elections in Iraq

A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday. Sadr himself cannot become prime minister because he did not run in the election, though his bloc’s victory puts… Read More Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins parliamentary elections in Iraq

Policeman, civilians dead as security forces clash with pro-Sadr protesters in Iraq

An Iraqi policeman was killed and seven others wounded in clashes with protesters loyal to prominent Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who had gathered in Baghdad on Saturday to demand political reforms, the interior ministry said. At least five protesters were killed, and 174 others wounded, according to an updated toll by the interior ministry on… Read More Policeman, civilians dead as security forces clash with pro-Sadr protesters in Iraq