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Iraq, the clashes subside but the tension is sky high

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The clashes in Iraq subside but the tension is sky high. Al-Sadr supporters call for the resignation of the Hashd al-Shaabi leader and for the pro-Iran militia to leave the Green Zone. The PMU, on the other hand, want the reopening of Parliament

The armed clashes in Iraq between supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr and the pro-Iranian Shiite militias seem to have subsided, despite some sporadic episodes, especially in the province of Dhi Qar. The fire, however, smolders and there are real risks of sudden escalation of violence with unpredictable results. The Sadrist Movement, in fact, has just called for the resignation of the president of Hashd al-Shaabi (PMU), Falih Fayyadh, also urging Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to expel the PMU from the Green Zone and from all check points in the nation. This is because the militias are considered a “security threat” both to Kadhimi and to the institutions. Hashd al-Shaabi, on the other hand, wants the immediate reopening of the Baghdad Parliament to form a new executive. For this to be possible, however, the approval of all sides, including that of al-Sadr, is required. The tension is skyrocketing.

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