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Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Iraq should not cooperate with 'occupiers'
September 10, 2014 / 11:00 AM / 3 years ago

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Iraq should not cooperate with 'occupiers'

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, head of a powerful Shi‘ite movement in Iraq, said on Wednesday during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Iraq should not cooperate with “occupiers”.

“We wish for Iraq to cooperate with the neighboring countries and its allies, but not with the occupiers,” said Sadr, whose opinions hold sway over tens of thousands of militants.

His comments highlight the difficulties that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces in his attempts to unify a country that rival militias are threatening to tear apart.

Reporting by Oliver Holmes, editing by John Stonestreet

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