Influential Iraqi cleric Sadr calls for anti-US demonstrations

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a news conference in Najaf, Iraq May 17, 2018. (Reuters)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Influential Iraqi cleric Sadr calls for anti-US demonstrations

  • Iraq’s parliament has called for US and other foreign troops to leave amid growing a backlash
  • Iran launched a missile attack on US targets in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a million Iraqis to march against the US “presence and violations” in Iraq after Washington’s killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad.
Iraq’s parliament has called for US and other foreign troops to leave amid growing a backlash against Washington’s air strike, which also killed a top Iraqi militia commander.
Iran launched a missile attack on US targets in Iraq in retaliation for the death of General Qassem Soleimani, a move that heightened fears of a wider Middle East conflict.
“Go on soldiers of God, soldiers of the nation, onto a million man march condemning the American presence and its violations,” Sadr tweeted.
“Iraqi space, its land and sovereignty are infringed upon by occupying forces.”
Sadr has million of followers has been able to summon tens of thousands of people onto the streets of Baghdad for demonstrations in previous years.
He gave no details of when he was calling for the protest to take place, or where.
Thousands are of Iraqis still gathering in separate anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square in protests that started on Oct. 1 — potentially setting the stage for rival groups to clash.


Jordanian court considers Muslim Brotherhood 'dissolved'

Updated 16 July 2020

Jordanian court considers Muslim Brotherhood 'dissolved'

  • The ruling considers the group illegal because it did not correct its legal status in accordance with Jordanian laws

CAIRO: The Jordanian Court of Cassation has issued a ruling that dissolves the Muslim Brotherhood.

The ruling considers the group illegal because it did not correct its legal status in accordance with Jordanian laws.

The decision was made in a lawsuit filed by the dissolved group against the Department of Lands and Survey and the Muslim Brotherhood Association, a breakway group, that was given legal status in 2015.

The dissolved Muslim Brotherhood had requested the nullification of the transfer of land ownership and real estate to the legal group.