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Iraqi cleric Sadr says he is dissolving armed faction loyal to him

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Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attends a news conference in Najaf, Iraq, November 18, 2021 REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

CAIRO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday he was dissolving the Promised Day Brigade, an armed faction loyal to him, and closing its headquarters, according to a statement published on his Twitter page.

On Thursday, Sadr urged paramilitary groups to purge what he called undisciplined members, and said non-state armed groups should hand in their weapons.

Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias have been accused of an attempt to kill outgoing Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi with a armed drone on Nov. 7.

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Reporting by Lilian Wagdy; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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