2022-08-31 15:07:54

"Total Terror" in Iraq: Muqtada al-Sadr Supporters Fight Rivals in Baghdad Amid Political Deadlock

At least 30 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Iraq after armed supporters of the powerful Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with security forces in the capital of Baghdad following the cleric's announcement Monday he would be quitting politics. The violence comes after months of political turmoil in Iraq that has seen politicians unable to form a government since parliamentary elections in October, and the prime minister said Tuesday he would "vacate his post" if the complicated political situation in the country continues. "The political parties that came to power are in reality just militias who cannot talk politics, do not understand democracy, do not understand what it means to step down once you did not win," says Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, who joins us from Baghdad. Mohammed says the fighting fueled by the political parties "held the totality of the Iraqi people in ransom" for almost 24 hours, forcing people to stay at home "because it felt like a civil war."

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