Monday, May 2, 2016

How Moqtada al-Sadr Could Take Down Iraqs Government

Is Muqtada al-Sadr Good for Iraq?

War on the Rocks - ‎11 hours ago‎
This process, which culminated in the weekend's dramatic events, began in March of this year when the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr turned a flagging protest movement into a major national force, by virtue of his personal intervention. By the end of ...

Who Is Muqtada Al-Sadr? Supporters Of Iraqi Shiite Cleric Rush Green Zone As Baghdad Protest Heats Up

International Business Times - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a sermon to worshipers during Friday prayers at the Kufa mosque near Najaf, Dec. 11, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani; baghdad parliament 2 Followers of Iraq's Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are seen in ...

Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's powerful and unpredictable Shiite cleric, reinvents himself as a reform champion

The Japan Times - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
BAGHDAD – Muqtada al-Sadr is the scion of an influential clerical family who raised a rebellion after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and has now reinvented himself as a reform champion. Sadr, who wears the black turban of a “sayyid” — a descendant of ...

Muqtada al-Sadr loyalists leave Baghdad's Green Zone

MWC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Prime Minister Abadi issues call for arrests as 24-hour sit-in ends but protesters vow to return if demands are not met. Protesters in Baghdad's Green Zone have left the heavily fortified government district after a 24-hour sit-in but pledged to return ...

Shiite Protesters Supporting Muqtada al-Sadr Storm Baghdad's Green Zone, Occupy Parliament Building

PJ Media - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
The breach marked a major escalation in the country's political crisis following months of anti-government protests, sit-ins and demonstrations by supporters of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Green Zone is home to most ministries and ...

Shia supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr storm Iraq parliament

International Business Times UK - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Hundreds of supporters of the popular Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have stormed the Iraqi parliament building to express their anger at the country's political gridlock. Protesters frustrated that MPs had once again failed to convene for a key vote ...

Iraq's most influential religious leader 'Muqtada al-Sadr' makes surprise Iran visit

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (press release) - ‎2 hours ago‎
Muqtada al-Sadr's visit to the Iranian capital was both surprising and significant, and comes just a day after hundreds of his supporters stormed through Baghdad's fortified Green Zone in an unprecedented security breach. "Sadr boarded an Iranian ...

Witnesses: Supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm Baghdad's green zone, enter parliament - Reuters

BreakingNews.com - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Witnesses: Supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm Baghdad's green zone, enter parliament - Reuters. End of alert. Alert my friends · Iraq · Iraq political turmoil 2016 · Iraqi Civil War (2014-present) · Muqtada al-Sadr · politics · war ...

Protestors storm Baghdad's Green Zone

USA TODAY - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr climb onto the blast walls outside Baghdad's Green Zone, April 30, 2016. Dozens of protesters climbed over the blast walls and could be seen storming the Parliament building, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting ...

Iraq and Shia Mobilization under Cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr: Reform Push

Modern Tokyo Times - ‎May 1, 2016‎
The political crisis in Iraq needs addressing according to the Shia holy cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr. This is based on political cronyism, endless terrorism, the weakening of Iraq, corruption, a fragile infrastructure, poverty, and a sense of being ...

Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters storm Iraq's parliament

MWC News - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
The Green Zone unrest kicked off minutes after Muqtada al-Sadr, the powerful Shia leader, ended a news conference in the holy city of Najaf during which he condemned the political deadlock. Last month he had threatened that his supporters would storm ...

Protesters leave Baghdad's Green Zone as Iraq's leaders promise reforms

The National - ‎May 1, 2016‎
Deep frustration among Iraqis over the deadlock culminated in a breach of the Green Zone on Saturday by supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada Al Sadr. Mr Al Sadr wants Mr Al Abadi's proposed technocrat government approved, ending a quota system he says ...

The Latest: Iraq PM says situation in Baghdad under control

Lexington Herald Leader - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Security forces try to stop supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr from storming parliament in Baghdad's Green Zone, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Dozens of protesters climbed over the blast walls and could be seen storming the Parliament building ...

Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

Bonner County Daily Bee - ‎21 hours ago‎
Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans calling for governmental reforms as they wave national flags before ending their sit-in inside Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Anti-government protesters temporarily ...

The Man At The Center Of Iraq's Political Storm

NPR - ‎2 hours ago‎
Dubbed by Newsweek a decade ago as "the most dangerous man in Iraq," Muqtada al-Sadr, the figure at the center of Iraq's current political storm, isn't the man many might recall from the past. A firebrand Shiite cleric who at first derived legitimacy ...

Baghdad state of emergency as protesters storm parliament

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Iraq declared a state of emergency in Baghdad after supporters of the Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the national legislature, the Interior Ministry said. Mobile-phone video broadcast on Iraqi news channel al-Sharqiya showed hundreds of ...

Who Are The Demonstrators Who Stormed Iraq's Green Zone And Parliament?

NPR - ‎22 hours ago‎
Most of the protesters are supporters of fiery Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and the breach happened after deadlock in Parliament continued to delay government reforms. For now, at least, the demonstrators are withdrawing from the area, Reuters reports.

Sadrists withdraw from Baghdad's Green Zone

Anadolu Agency - ‎May 1, 2016‎
Supporters of firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr withdrew from Baghdad's Green Zone Sunday after holding a sit-in for two straight days. A protest leader, Ihlas al-Ubeydi, made a statement on behalf of all demonstrators to announce their conditional ...

Baghdad State Of Emergency Declared After Protesters Storm Green Zone

NPR - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
A state of emergency was declared in Baghdad on Saturday after thousands of protesters loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down the walls of the highly fortified Green Zone and stormed parliament, the Associated Press reports. About a dozen ...

Iraqi Shiite protesters camp out in Baghdad Green Zone after protest

Deutsche Welle - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed Baghdad's fortified Green Zone was again "under control of security forces" six hours after followers of the influential Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed parliament's main session hall on Saturday.

More than a nudge: protests in Baghdad

The Economist - ‎12 hours ago‎
The government has two choices: reform or be destroyed, says Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shia cleric whose supporters stormed the Iraqi parliament on Saturday. Many then set up camp inside the supposedly secure Green Zone, where bickering lawmakers, long ...

Protesters in Iraq, bombings raise questions about country's stability

USA TODAY - ‎21 hours ago‎
Iraq experienced one of its roughest weekends in recent memory, when protesters angry about government corruption stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday and dual car bombs exploded Sunday in southern Iraq, killing at least 31. The Islamic ...

The protesters in Iraq's Green Zone show the vulnerability of the country's ruling elite

The Independent - ‎1 hour ago‎
After taking over the parliament building, the crowd chanted the name of the Shia populist nationalist clericMuqtada al-Sadr, to whose movement many of the protesters belong, and denounced the failures of the present government of Prime Minister ...

10 Things to Know for Monday

Houston Chronicle - ‎17 hours ago‎
Iraqi security forces stand guard as supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr leave Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone Sunday, May 1, 2016. Anti-government protesters temporarily ended their mass demonstration in Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday ...

Iraqis end Green Zone protests after issuing demands

Al-Arabiya - ‎7 hours ago‎
Loudspeakers manned by followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has led the protest movement, announced the disbanding of the protests, which had marked the culmination of months of sit-ins and demonstrations demanding the overhaul of a ...

Protesters Withdraw from Green Zone after Storming Parliament

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎6 hours ago‎
After the Iraqi parliament again could not reach an agreement on the remaining cabinet nominations put forward by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, protesters rallied by influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr overran the Green Zone on Saturday. The crowd ...

State of emergency declared in Baghdad as protesters take Iraqi parliament

Stars and Stripes - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Iraqi security forces guard the heavily fortified Green Zone as followers of Iraq's influential Shiite clericMuqtada al-Sadr wave national flags as they gather in front of Baghdad's Green Zone on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Officials reported on Saturday ...

Iraqi protesters breach heavily fortified Green Zone, storm parliament

WGN-TV - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm parliament in Baghdad's Green Zone on April 30, 2016. Thousands of protesters carrying Iraqi flags and chanting anti-government slogans broke into Baghdad's Green Zone and stormed the parliament ...

Iraqi Protestors Withdraw From Unprecedented Occupation of Baghdad's Green Zone

VICE News - ‎May 1, 2016‎
The organizers behind a march on Baghdad's Green Zone called on protesters to leave the heavily-fortified government area on Sunday — just 24 hours after hundreds of Shiites aligned with clericMuqtada al-Sadr carried out an unprecedented occupation ...

How Moqtada al-Sadr Could Take Down Iraqs Government

Daily Beast - ‎18 hours ago‎
BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Hussain Jassim refused to leave the Green Zone, once considered the impenetrable citadel at the heart of Baghdad, until his leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered him to do so. “We have entered parliament and we have broken it's prestige in ...

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