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More trouble for Maliki as Shiite bloc walks out

July 23, 2018
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THE parliamentary bloc loyal to the influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has walked out of Iraq’s ruling Shiite coalition, aggravating rifts inside the country’s biggest religious sect and loosening the alliance’s grip on power. (Sydney Morning Herald — 17 September, 2007)
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The political movement loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr withdraws from Iraq’s governing Shia alliance. (BBC News — 16 September, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 — The followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will withdraw from Iraq’s leading political alliance, a spokesman for the group said Saturday. (Washington Post — 16 September, 2007)
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In a sign of its frustration with the government, the movement of the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr announced it would withdraw from the largest political bloc in Parliament. (New York Times — 16 September, 2007)
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Lawmakers loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Saturday they are withdrawing from the Shiite bloc in parliament — a move that would be a major blow to the government’s base in the legislature. (MSNBC — 16 September, 2007)
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An Iraqi police colonel was gunned down near his home in Afak on Sunday, marking the third government official killed in the Iraqi Shiite town in five weeks, an Interior Ministry official said. (CNN — 17 September, 2007)
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