Sadr’s Withdrawal from Politics: Permanent or Temporary?Iraq once again descended into chaos on Monday after powerful cleric Muqtada Sadr said he was quitting politics, prompting his loyalists, in particular Saraya al-Salam militiamen, to storm Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to government offices and diplomatic missions. However after a day of deadly clashes that claimed lives of about 30 people and wounded hundreds more, Sadr told his followers to leave their protests in central Baghdad and apologized to the Iraqi people.
Israel Does Not Believe in ’Peace’: AbbasMahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s President said the Israeli regime "does not believe in peace," citing Tel Aviv’s litany of chronic abuses against Palestinians.
Tensions once again have soared in Iraq after powerful cleric Moqtada Sadr said Monday he was quitting politics, prompting his loyalists to storm Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to government offices and diplomatic missions.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, in an unannounced visit, arrived on in Iranian capital on Monday. The goals of this short trip have not been publicized, but it seems to be related to Baghdad-facilitated de-escalation talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, formation of a new government in Iraq and the increasing conflict between Syrian resistance groups and the US occupying forces. Commenting on the trip, Ahmad al-Sahaf, the spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he two sides will discuss regional developments, relations between Iran and the Persian Gulf countries, Iran’s nuclear talks.
Iraqi government lifted on Tuesday a nation-wide curfew after powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on his supporters to withdraw from the streets, after a day of deadly clashes in the capital, Baghdad.
Iraqi people held parliamentary election on 10 October 2021, and voted for the 329 members of the Council of Representatives who were due, in turn, to elect the president and confirm the prime minister. Bu, after 11 months, the Iraqi MPs have failed to elect a president and the country is on the verge of a civil conflict.