Leaked recordings attributed to ex-Iraqi PM spark tensions

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A series of leaked recordings attributed to Nouri al-Maliki in which he allegedly insults influential Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) have triggered tensions and calls for a prove into the alleged leakage. The recordings come at a time when the Iraqi political process has reached a critical stage, as al-Maliki’s pro-Iran Shia groups are trying to name a PM and elect a president by the end of this month. Ali Fadel, an Iraqi journalist residing in the US, has in the past week released three episodes of the recordings on Twitter, and on late Saturday po…

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