Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran...

Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

Jun 13, 2018 Read more: SFGate
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government. The move, which was announced by al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri of the Fatah coalition on Tuesday, came largely as a surprise as al-Sadr has been touting himself as a nationalist leader who opposes Iranian influence in Iraq. The new alliance controls 101 seats, still far from the 165 required for a majority. At a news conference, both leaders underscored that their alliance is aimed at expediting the formation of a new government, calling on others to join.

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