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Cleric’s Role Reversal Upends Iraq’s Political Order

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Defeats in Mideast Raise ISIS Threat to the West

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Refugees or Terrorists? Cameroon Grapples With Exodus From Nigeria

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Apr 30, 2016

These pictures of crowds in the Green Zone, Baghdad's forbidden city since 2003, are amazing. twitter.com/rudaw_arabic/s…

Apr 30, 2016

RT @Piazy_Tar: Sadrist protestors in #Iraq parliament stole the Golden shield which hung on the speakers head. pic.twitter.com/dE2RmKNVOy

Apr 30, 2016

Sadr supporters breached the Green Zone and upended Iraq's post-2003 order. My column from March on what they want. wsj.com/article_email/…

Apr 30, 2016

RT @sgreports: can't get enough of the images of Sadr supporters sitting at MPs desks in parliament today - via @AP Khalid Mohammed https:/pic.twitter.com/ASTkWBEmd2t.co/ASTkWBEmd2

Apr 30, 2016

RT @RudawEnglish: #BREAKING: Baghdad airport blocked by protesters to prevent corrupt officials from fleeing the country. pic.twitter.com/f3IBjHF2AdHF2Ad

Apr 30, 2016

RT @HiwaAfandi: All Kurdish MPs are instructed to leave Baghdad ASAP.

Apr 30, 2016

Looks like what everyone has been fearing for months in Iraq is actually happening as thousands of Sadr backers storm Baghdad's Green Zone.Looks like what everyone has been fearing for months in Iraq is actually happening as thousands of Sadr backers storm Baghdad's Green Zone.


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