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Samya Kullab

Samya Kullab is an author at Religion News Service.

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Ukrainians celebrate Palm Sunday in church marred by dispute

By Samya Kullab — April 10, 2023
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians marked Palm Sunday in the country’s most revered Orthodox site that has been at the heart of a religious dispute playing out in parallel with Russia's war on Ukraine.

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.

Iraq Shiite cleric behind parliament sit-in steps up demands

By Samya Kullab — August 10, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Sadr's political rivals in the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed parties, said earlier that the parliament would have to convene to dissolve itself.

Followers of cleric told to withdraw from Iraq’s parliament

By Samya Kullab — August 3, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — In a tweet, a representative of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told the hundreds of loyalists to leave the parliament building in the capital of Baghdad within 72 hours.

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.

Followers of cleric enter Iraqi parliament in show of force

By Ali Abdul-hassan and Samya Kullab — July 28, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP)– Followers of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr breached Baghdad’s parliament on Wednesday in the largest protest since Iraq's federal elections in October.

With eye to China investment, Taliban now preserve Buddhas

By Samya Kullab — March 28, 2022
MES AYNAK, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s spectacular reversal illustrates the powerful allure of Afghanistan’s untapped mining sector.

IS bomber kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban

By Tameem Akhgar and Samya Kullab — October 8, 2021
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck at a mosque packed with Shiite Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to governance. In its claim of responsibility, the region’s IS affiliate […]
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