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Badr strongman Amiri faces dissent within his group's ranks

Powerful Iraqi politician Hadi al-Amiri is up against strong opposition within his own Badr Organization, as hundreds of members accuse him of being corrupt and exploiting power.
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Hundreds of current and former members of the Badr Organization protested April 13 in downtown Baghdad demanding long-overdue financial compensation for their combat service against Saddam Hussein, whose regime was toppled in 2003. However, security forces affiliated with the party's leader, Hadi al-Amiri, used violence to deter protesters, and a number of demonstrators were jailed for days.

The protests failed to get coverage in local Iraqi newspapers and media outlets because of Amiri's political influence, according to participants and organizers.

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