30 Aug 2022

At least 30 dead in Baghdad after deadliest violence capital seen in years

Fierce clashes in Baghdad have left at least 30 dead so far, in the worst violence the Iraqi capital has seen for years.

Armed groups backing the popular cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with rival Shia groups and security forces, after he said he would leave politics. Sadr’s faction won the most seats in elections last October, but political in-fighting has stopped him from forming a government, leaving the country in political paralysis.