Top Iraqi cleric’s loyalists rally en masse again in Baghdad

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Thousands of loyalists of Iraq’s influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday converged on the capital Baghdad, days after they breached parliament amid a months-long political impasse in the country. Security forces fired tear gas to stop protesters from scaling concrete barriers to enter Baghdad’s Green Zone,which houses the parliament, government buildings and foreign embassies, witnesses said. There were unconfirmed reports about casualties among the protesters. On Wednesday, a large number of Sadr backers had stormed the Green Zone and parliament, to protest a pro-Iran political allianc…

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