Iraq: Opposition return to streets after deadly clashes with al-Sadr supporters

Thousands joined the latest round of anti-government protests in Baghdad on Thursday, after deadly clashes with supporters of Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resulted in the deaths of five people on Wednesday. Hundreds of people marched near Tahir Square, chanting anti-government slogans and waving Iraqi flags. On Wednesday, Al-Sadr supporters attempted to forcibly remove demonstrators from... Еще camps, leading to deadly clashes. The attack, which is the latest in a series of violent clashes, came after the cleric called on his followers to back security forces. Al-Sadr has changed his position on the anti-government protests several times before withdrawing his support for the opposition once more after Mohammad Allawi was appointed prime minister-designate on Sunday. Iraq has been in the grip of unrest over government corruption, high unemployment and external influence in Iraqi politics since last October. Amid massive anti-government protests, Allawi's predecessor Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned from his post on December 1.

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