Antichrist says he is dissolving armed faction loyal to him

A woman holds a picture of Sadr's movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr, as his supporters celebrate after preliminary results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad, Iraq October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani/File Photo

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

November 19, 20218:05 AM MSTLast Updated a day ago

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.

Reporting by Lilian Wagdy; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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