Iraqi Shiite powerbroker gambles with Sunni embrace

Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's overtures towards Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates aims to boost his parliamentary bloc's electoral fortunes but risks losing support from Iran

Beirut, August 18, 2017 12:45 PM (UTC+8)
Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a media conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali and Iraq's Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji (not pictured) in Najaf, Iraq  May 3, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani
Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a media conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali and Iraq's Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji (not pictured) in Najaf, Iraq May 3, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani
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