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To preserve Shia power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric
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To preserve Shia power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric

BAGHDAD (Reuters) — When the grip of Iraq’s Tehran-backed Shia Muslim parties and militias threatened to slip following the killing…
Women protesters in Iraq defy radical cleric, take to street
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Women protesters in Iraq defy radical cleric, take to street

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqi women took to the streets of central Baghdad and southern Iraq on Thursday in…
Iraq’s top cleric calls for state to protect protests
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Iraq’s top cleric calls for state to protect protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s most powerful Shia cleric called for security forces to protect anti-government protesters in a Friday sermon,…
Iraqi cleric Sadr tells followers to clear sit-ins after PM appointed
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Iraqi cleric Sadr tells followers to clear sit-ins after PM appointed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged his followers on Sunday to help security forces clear roads blocked…
Iraq’s president issues deadline to choose next PM
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Iraq’s president issues deadline to choose next PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s president has given rival political blocs a deadline to select a prime minister nearly two months…
Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets
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Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

BAGHDAD (AP) — One protester was killed by security forces after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq’s…
Thousands gather for Baghdad rally to demand US troops leave
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Thousands gather for Baghdad rally to demand US troops leave

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shia cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally…
AP Explains: Who are Iraq’s Iran-backed militias?
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AP Explains: Who are Iraq’s Iran-backed militias?

Iran emerged as a major power broker in Iraq after the American invasion in 2003, supporting Shia Islamist parties and…
Iraq president won’t name Iran-backed bloc’s nominee as PM
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Iraq president won’t name Iran-backed bloc’s nominee as PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s president refused Thursday to designate the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc’s nominee for prime minister after he was…
Protesters hang gunman in Baghdad square: officials
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Protesters hang gunman in Baghdad square: officials

BAGHDAD (AP) — A gunman shot dead six people, including four protesters, on Thursday, provoking some anti-government demonstrators to disarm…
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