Iraq’s Sadr plans new show of force

Shiite Muslim clerics pray with supporters of Moqtada Sadr as they occupy the Iraqi parliament in protest at a nomination for prime minister by a rival Shiite faction, in the capital Baghdad's high-security Green Zone. – AFP pic, August 5, 2022.

IN a new power play, Iraq’s Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr called for traditional Friday prayers to take place on a vast square inside the Green Zone where his followers have occupied parliament for seven days.

A similar call from Sadr in mid-July drew hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshippers to Sadr City, a Baghdad district named after his assassinated father, amid tensions between his political bloc and a rival Shiite faction that is backed by Iran.

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