Iraq: Fatal clashes after powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr quits politics
01 September 2022 | 8:01 am
At least 15 people have died in clashes after supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the government palace. The unrest came after the cleric announced he was retiring from politics.
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