Violent clashes in Iraq after influential cleric’s resignation from politics

Violent clashes in Iraq after influential cleric’s resignation from politics

Violent clashes broke out in Baghdad, Iraq, after an influential Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, announced his resignation from politics.

At least 22 people were killed, according to Reuters on Tuesday (30 August), with hundreds of supporters storming the government palace.

Iraq’s military announced a nationwide curfew in response to the clashes, which are considered to be the worst Baghdad has seen in years.

Cleric al-Sadr called for his followers to cease violent protest on Tuesday.

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