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Iraqi PM warns security forces to stay out of political conflicts

The Iraqi judiciary resumed its work the day after powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his supporters to withdraw from the Supreme Judicial Council.
A man stands outside the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Council.

BAGHDAD — Protest tents of rival Shiite political and armed factions remain near the Iraqi parliament and across the Tigris River as threats and a growingly intractable political situation cast a shadow over the country’s leaders and its future.

On Aug. 23, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi cut short an official trip to Egypt to return to the Iraqi capital after a protest began at the Supreme Judiciary Council.

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