The Foreign Desk

Explainer 331: Who is Muqtada al-Sadr?

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31 August 2022

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Earlier this week violent protesters took to Iraq’s streets, leading to several deaths and many people being injured – prompted by the sudden announcement of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s retirement from politics. Andrew Mueller explains who he is and why he has such a strong hold over the country’s citizens.

31 August 2022

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