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Multiple dead as violent clashes erupt in Iraq following al-Sadr announcement

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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, announced Monday he would resign from Iraqi politics. The announcement sparked hundreds of al-Sadr's followers to take to the streets in protest. Protestors breached concrete barriers guarding the Green Zone — the site of Parliament, Iraqi government offices and diplomatic missions, including the U.S. Embassy.

The Associated Press reports that fifteen people were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces after protestors stormed the government palace. The New York Times states that over 100 protestors were injured by security forces.

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