Moqtada Al Sadr

Iraqi Protesters End Green Zone Sit-In For Now After Issuing Demands

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 2 – Protesters camped out in Baghdad’s Green Zone for 24 hours left the heavily fortified government district on Sunday after issuing demands for political reform but they pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure. Iraq has endured months of wrangling

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Sadr’s Supporters Camp Outside Iraq Parliament; Political Crisis Deepens

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 1 – Hundreds of supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr stormed parliament inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and camped out nearby after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified central

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Former Saddam Aide Seeks to Reshape Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, April 11 – A rallying cry to Iraqi Sunnis from former President Saddam Hussein’s top surviving aide aims to bolster the old ruling Baath party’s appeal with Sunni Muslims fearing new reprisals by Shiite militias, experts said. They said the video released on Thursday could also contain a message to Iraq‘s Shiite-led government that

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Iraq’s Sadr Begins Sit-In Inside Green Zone To Push For Reforms

By Kareem Raheem and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, March 28 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Al Sadr entered Baghdad’s Green Zone, the heavily-fortified center of the capital housing government buildings and embassies, on Sunday to keep up pressure on the government to enact reforms. Thousands of Sadr‘s supporters began a sit-in at the district’s gates more than a week

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Iraq’s Sadr May Extend Sit-In To Demand Reforms

BAGHDAD, March 27 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Al Sadr may extend a sit-in protest that his followers are holding in Baghdad to demand a government overhaul to fight corruption, local television said on Saturday. “The sit-in may be extended,” said a news flash on Al Taif, a channel affiliated with his political group. It did

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As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shiite Clerics Call The Shots

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, March 21 – With Iraq’s politicians tainted by corruption and the army’s standing hurt by battlefield defeats, two Shiite clerics have re-emerged as leaders in matters of state. In their different ways, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani and Hojatoleslam Moqtada Al Sadr, Iraq’s two most influential Shiite leaders, are pressuring Prime

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Iraq PM Abadi Secures Shiite Support For Cabinet Change Plan

AGHDAD, March 7 – Iraq’s main Shiite groups on Sunday voiced support for Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi’s plan to overhaul the government and combat corruption, state TV said. The broadcaster cited a statement issued by the National Alliance, a loose gathering of Shiite groups that controls the majority of seats in parliament, after a meeting with

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Iraq’s Sadr Calls For Technocratic Government, Swift Reform

BAGHDAD, Feb 13 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr said on Saturday the country needed a technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms. The remarks by Sadr, whose Al Ahrar bloc holds 34 seats in parliament and three cabinet posts, were the first

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