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Iraqi cleric Sadr joins supreme leader at Iran ceremony

Iraqi cleric Sadr joins supreme leader at Iran ceremonyPowerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr joined Iran’s supreme leader during a rare visit to Tehran to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, state media reported Wednesday. The office of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued pictures of Sadr flanked by Khamenei on one side, and the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Qasem Soleimani, on the other.



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The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in Iraq

The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in IraqA leading Shiite Muslim cleric followed by some Iraqi militants has issued a public religious edict forbidding the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. The fatwa issued Friday by Iran-based Grand Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri comes after Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq accused the United States of being behind recent attacks on their bases and weapons depots in Iraq.



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Church apologizes after video shows cleric inviting kids to spit, slap and cut him for Easter lesson

Church apologizes after video shows cleric inviting kids to spit, slap and cut him for Easter lessonAn associate pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, invited abuse from youths, including spitting, slapping, and allegedly cutting.



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Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit

Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summitVATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it.



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Trump willing to look at extraditing Turkish cleric, but noncommittal

Trump willing to look at extraditing Turkish cleric, but noncommittal“The only thing he said is that we would take a look at it,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. “Nothing further at this point beyond that … nothing committal at all in that process.” Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Trump told Erdogan that Washington was working on extraditing the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed U.S. exile for nearly two decades. Asked about the comment on Monday, another White House official said only that Trump did not commit to extraditing Gulen when he spoke to Erdogan at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires last month.



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Michael Flynn's ex-business associate charged in illegal lobbying effort to extradite Turkish cleric

Michael Flynn's ex-business associate charged in illegal lobbying effort to extradite Turkish clericFederal prosecutors allege Bijan Rafiekian sought to conceal the Turkish government's role in the effort to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen.



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Iraqi cleric Sadr meets pro-Iran Amiri after election win

Iraqi cleric Sadr meets pro-Iran Amiri after election winBy Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc was declared the winner of Iraq’s parliamentary election, met Hadi al-Amiri, leader of a pro-Iran bloc, on Sunday in what Sadr portrayed as part of an inclusive discussion about government formation. During the meeting, the political rivals discussed the results of the 2018 parliamentary elections, according to a statement from Sadr’s office. “The process of government formation must be a national decision and importantly, must include the participation of all the winning blocs,” the statement said.



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Firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr takes shock lead in Iraq election

Firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr takes shock lead in Iraq electionA firebrand cleric who led a militia which fought British and American troops in Iraq is on course to win the country’s elections, in what would be a surprise upset for Western-backed incumbent Haider al-Abadi. Moqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon alliance of reformed Shia militants and communists was ahead in eight of Iraq's 18 provinces and second in four others. His Mahdi Army waged a brutal and costly insurgency against coalition troops during the 2006-2008 civil war and offered a reward for any British soldiers captured.  Mr Sadr has since disavowed violence against fellow Iraqis and in 2008 ordered his forces to become a humanitarian group. Mr Sadr himself rebranded as a secular nationalist, campaigning against corruption and for reform, a message which seemed to resonate with Iraqis tired of entrenched sectarianism and graft. An Iraqi woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr city district of Baghdad Credit: Reuters He is one of few Shia leaders to have kept his distance from neighbouring Iran, which has tried to influence Iraq’s politics and extend its reach across the region.  Mr Sadr, 44, has sought to broaden his regional support. Last year, he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, a major US regional ally that is staunchly opposed to Iran. Crowds of mainly young people waved flags and pictures of Sadr in Sadr City, an impoverished quarter of Baghdad that is home to some 3 million people and is named after the cleric's late father, Ayatollah Mohammad Sadq al-Sadr. A ticket headed by Hadi al-Ameri, a former commander of Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) that fought Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), was in second place. Videos of Sadr supporters celebrating in Baghdad show them chanting "Baghdad will be free, Iran out, out!"— Tamer El-Ghobashy (@TamerELG) May 13, 2018 Mr Ameri, an opponent of Saddam Hussein who spent years in exile in Tehran, had also made combating corruption a central plank of his platform. The preliminary results dealt a shock to Prime Minister Mr Abadi, who had been tipped as the favourite and had considerable support cross-sectarian support, particularly in Sunni areas his army liberated from Isil. The British-educated engineer appeared to be third overall and fifth in Baghdad, which holds the largest number of seats. The US had backed Mr Abadi, a consensus figure who promised to keep American troops in the country as part of its stabilisation effort. Who is Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical cleric on course to take power in Iraq? Any victory for Mr Sadr will make the continued presence of US and British soldiers, which currently number in the low thousands and hundreds respectively, an unlikely prospect.   While the expected results are not entirely good news for  Washington, it will see some comfort that staunchly pro-Iran parties did not do better at a time when relations are worsening with Tehran. "The United States government views Sadr as anti-American. Sadr, however, is a pragmatic and rational actor," said Muhanad Seloom, associate lecturer at the University of Exeter's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.  "Over the last 13 years, Sadr managed maintain calm relations with Iran and was able to negotiate peace with the US presence in Iraq," he told the Telegraph. "It is also important to remember that Sadr is part of Sairoon coalition which has other secularist parties not necessarily anti-American." An Iraqi man celebrates with a picture of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad Credit: AFP But the complex electoral arithmetic of the Iraqi system means that no party is likely to win more than half the 329 seats needed to form a majority. There is expected to be weeks of horse-trading as the dominant blocs form a coalition and agree a new parliament and a new prime minister. A senior member of Mr Sadr’s party on Monday hinted that they would not enter into a coalition with Mr Ameri’s Conquest party because of its strong sectarian allegiance. However, it could look to make up the numbers with Mr Abadi's Nasr bloc. Mr Sadr will not take up the position of premier as he did not run as a candidate, but he will be able to pick a man for the job. He has previously said he supported a second term for Mr Abadi and it could not be ruled out that any new coalition could choose him. The results, and the record low turnout of 45 per cent, point to a population fatigued by the influence of outside countries. “This is a win for Iraq,” said Ali Khadar, a student in Baghdad. “This is Iraq waking up to the problems it has been plagued by for years. Corruption is at the centre of all our issues, and this is a rejection of that.” Mr Seloom added: "in a region where outcomes of elections are almost known in advance, Iraq’s elections surprising results is a positive sign of developing democracy."  



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Firebrand cleric Sadr on course to win Iraq election

Firebrand cleric Sadr on course to win Iraq electionBy Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Powerful nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with more than half the votes counted, the electoral commission said, a surprise comeback for a Shi’ite leader who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals. Shi’ite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc, which is backed by Tehran, was in second place, according to the count of more than 95 percent of the votes cast in 10 of Iraq’s 18 provinces. The preliminary results are a setback for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who, despite entering the election as the apparent frontrunner, appeared to be running third.



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Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary election

Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary electionBy Huda Majeed and Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, pointing to a surprise comeback for the powerful Shi’ite cleric who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals. Shi’ite militia leader Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc, which is backed by Tehran, was in second place, according to the count of over 95 percent of the votes cast in 10 of Iraq’s 18 provinces.



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