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Muqtada Al-Sadr

Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr Orders Most of His ‘Peace Brigade’ Fighters to Disarm

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the country’s latest parliamentary elections, called for the dissolution of Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), the militia wing of his movement, for the sake of “public interest” on Thursday as he seeks the formation of Iraq’s next government.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech to his supporters following Friday prayers at the grand mosque of Kufa in the holy city of Najaf, on April 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI (Photo credit should read HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq Will Hold Election Recount Amid Voter Fraud Allegations

Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court ruled this week that the parliament’s decision to manually recount votes cast during last month’s election is constitutional, following widespread allegations of fraud at the polling booths.

Judges limit Iraq vote recount in new twist

Followers of Radical Shiite Cleric Stage Deadly Protests Against Shiite-Controlled Baghdad

Violent protests, featuring a rocket launch targeting Baghdad’s government Green Zone, killed five protesters and a policeman in the Iraqi capital this weekend. The incident triggered yet another protest Tuesday as throngs of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr carried their colleagues’ coffins through the city streets.

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Shiite Cleric Asks Top Sunni Institution to Unite with Him Against the Jews

Muqtada Al-Sadr, one of the most influential clerics in the Shiite world, has sent out an olive branch to Egypt’s Al-Azhar, a known hotbed for jihadi indoctrination and the most prominent Sunni institution in the world, seeking to unite the sects of Islam against the Jews.