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Samya Kullab

Samya Kullab is an author at Religion News Service.

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Iraqis heed cleric’s plea to leave streets after clashes

By Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-zahra — August 30, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Following two days of unrest that resulted in at least 30 deaths, cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his supporters to leave the government quarter where they had rallied.

Threat of protests, violent escalation stirs fears in Iraq

By Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-zahra — August 1, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces erected concrete barriers ahead of the street protest called for by a political alliance of Iran-backed groups opposed to the followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

EXPLAINER: What’s behind the storming of Iraq’s parliament?

By Qassim Abdul-zahra and Samya Kullab — July 29, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) - Wednesday's storming of parliament came after al-Sadr's Tehran-backed political rival, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, nominated a pro-Iran politician to be Iraq's new leader.

Iraqi cleric shows power as thousands attend mass prayer

By Qassim Abdul-zahra — July 18, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — The event was among the largest gatherings of al-Sadr’s followers after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

France’s Macron visits Iraq’s Mosul destroyed by IS war

By Qassim Abdul-zahra and Hadi Mizban — August 30, 2021
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron visited Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, which suffered widespread destruction during the war to defeat the Islamic State group in 2017.
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