At least four killed, 15 wounded in Baghdad bomb blast

By Raya Jalabi and Hesham Hajali BAGHDAD, May 24 : At least four people were killed and 15 wounded in a suicide attack in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Thursday, a military spokesman told Reuters. The attack took place in the predominantly Shi’ite Shula district, in northwest Baghdad. According to a statement from Iraq’s National Security […]

U.S. in contact with Iraqi ex-foe Sadr after his surprise election win – Sadr aide

By Michael Georgy and Babak Dehghanpisheh BAGHDAD, May 23 : The United States has contacted members of a political bloc in Iraq led by a former foe, the Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, after his election win put him in a strong position to influence the formation of a new government, a top Sadr aide said. […]

Iraqi cleric Sadr meets pro-Iran Amiri after election win

By Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 20 : 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 […]

Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

By Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD, May 20 : Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi’ite cleric’s bloc was declared winner of Iraq’s parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition. “During our meeting, we agreed to work together and […]

Iraq’s firebrand cleric Sadr makes comeback in vote, initial results suggest

By Ulf Laessing and Aref Mohammed BASRA, Iraq, May 13 : Moqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand Shi’ite cleric who led uprisings against U.S. troops, appeared to make a remarkable comeback in Iraq’s parliamentary election after being sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals. Although Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s list of candidates were leading the field after Saturday’s […]