<span>Tens of thousands pray in show of force by Iraq cleric Sadr</span>

Al-Monitor | Aug 5, 2022 at 11:31 AM
  • Tens of thousands attended mass prayers Friday in Baghdad’s Green Zone in a new power play by Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr after his adversaries conditionally backed his call for early elections.
  • Sadr, a longtime political and religious force in the oil-rich but war-scarred country, has for months been in a political standoff with a rival Shiite alliance backed by Iran.
  • The Coordination Framework’s nomination of former cabinet minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as prime minister angered the Sadr bloc and triggered the occupation of parliament by his supporters.