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Iraqi Shiite cleric al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

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    Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month’s parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of negotiations to form a new government. The move was announced by al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri of the Fatah coalition in the revered southern Shiite city of Najaf. The deal came largely as a surprise as al-Sadr has been touting himself as a nationalist leader who opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, AP reported. The new alliance controls 101 seats, still far from the 165 required for a majority. In the years following the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, al-Sadr led militiamen who fought American troops in Iraq.




    https://www.rt.com/newsline/429581-iraq-shiite-sadr-iran/

    Iraq’s al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

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    "The cleric's shift away from Tehran is vital, Sarmad al-Bayati, an independent political analyst in Iraq.

    He is “an Iraqi, his father and grandfather were famous religious men who lived in Iraq among Iraqis, so that he feels that he belongs to Iraq not to Iran,” al-Bayati said."

    Well that lasted what two weeks? Democracy, no mater who you vote for your stuck with a politician.