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Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and influence even further.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, 90, endorsed early parliamentary elections set for June 2021 following a meeting with senior United Nations official.

Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

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Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad stronghold, the first weekly prayers since mosques closed for the pandemic

Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

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Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

Pilgrims in Iraq attend a shrine during the holy month despite coronavirus fears.

In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

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In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

Traditional celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing many to ...

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The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and in the halls of Iraqi power.

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Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The US invasion in 2003, which promised liberty and democracy, led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, destroyed much of the country's ...

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Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

Leading Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions ...

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Iraq's Shia defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

There are worries coronavirus will spread further in Iraq as pilgrims flout distancing guidelines and attend the commemoration of a revered imam ...

How are Muslim authorities fighting against coronavirus?

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How are Muslim authorities fighting against coronavirus?

Imams are harnessing their powers of influence to raise awareness among Muslim masses and inculcate habits which could save lives.

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Should Muslim Friday prayers be cancelled to fight coronavirus?

Imams are harnessing their powers of influence to raise awareness among Muslim masses and inculcate habits which could save lives.

Iraq quarantines holy city of Najaf over coronavirus fears

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Iraq quarantines holy city of Najaf over coronavirus fears

Iraq’s Najaf province, home to holy Muslim Shia shrines, will be closed to for a week to all non-residents starting on Wednesday, state news ...

Prominent Iraqi Shia scholar diagnosed with coronavirus

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Prominent Iraqi Shia scholar diagnosed with coronavirus

The office of Ayatollah Sayed Hadi al-Modaressi in Iraq confirmed the scholar has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Iraq announces new steps against deadly coronavirus

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Iraq announces new steps against deadly coronavirus

Shopping centres will only open three hours a day and schools and universities will be closed for weeks as Iraq takes drastic measures to ...

Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

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Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

In recent years, Valentine's Day in the southern city of Najaf has emerged as a battleground between those who are advocates of personal freedom ...

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Iraq's Sadr dissolves 'blue caps' force after widespread backlash

Moqtada al-Sadr's 'blue cap's will be dissolved, the popular cleric said on Tuesday, after widespread backlash triggered by a deadly crackdown on protesters.

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Iraqi security forces kill protester at university sit-in

Security guards opened fire on protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriyah, killing one person during a demonstration at a university.

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Iraq PM-designate must form independent cabinet 'or face hell'

Sadr, a former militia leader with millions of devoted followers across the country, first backed the rallies but split with the movement by ...

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Top Iraqi Shia cleric criticises attacks on protesters

Iraq’s foremost Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, has criticised security forces for not protecting protesters after supporters ...

<em>Sistani</em> urges Iraq elections 'as soon as possible'

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Sistani urges Iraq elections 'as soon as possible'

Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani called for elections to be held as soon as possible in his Friday sermon.

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Two protesters killed in renewed Baghdad violence: officials

Violence in Baghdad has broken a period of calm between protesters and security forces that followed the killing of Iranian commander Qasem ...

Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ali <em>Sistani</em>, to undergo surgery

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Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ali Sistani, to undergo surgery

Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani suffered a fracture to his left thigh bone.

Iraq warns of 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

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Iraq warns of 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

Iraqi officials warned US sanctions on the country could push Baghdad to form alliances with China, Iran and Russia.

US refuses Baghdad request to discuss Iraq troop withdrawal

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US refuses Baghdad request to discuss Iraq troop withdrawal

Iraq's parliament last week passed a non-binding resolution to oust US troops from the country

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