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To preserve Shi’ite power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric

To preserve Shi’ite power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric

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  1. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-politics-sadr/to-preserve-shiite-power-in-iraq-iran-backed-groups-turn-to-renegade-cleric-idUSKCN20I1IJ) reduced by 90%. (I’m a bot)
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    > According to senior Iraqi officials and militia insiders, they promised Sadr a greater say forming a new Iraqi government and an augmented spiritual leadership role among Shi'ite paramilitary groups.

    > The agreement, sponsored by Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group, sought to preserve Shi'ite power in Iraq by uniting the factions of the Iran-backed groups with their rival Sadr.

    > "Iran saw Sadr as the only solution to prevent the collapse of Shi'ite power under protest pressure and the weakening of factions it backs," an aide to Sadr who traveled to Qom said, requesting anonymity.

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