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A Divisive Figure Unites Iraq's Shiite Leaders

Oct 19, 2016 | 01:41 GMT
A Divisive Figure Unites Iraq's Shiite Leaders
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (R), a controversial but influential figure in Iraqi politics, convened a meeting Tuesday with other Shiite leaders aimed at increasing their cooperation.
(HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

While most of the world's attention is fixed on northern Iraq, where the battle for Mosul entered its second day, an important political bargain is taking shape in the southern city of Najaf. On Tuesday, a meeting between Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and several prominent Shiite military leaders yielded unusual...

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