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Sadr Says Militias Hope to Derail Iraqi Elections Preparations by Attacking Foreign Troops

Iraqi Shia cleric and the leader of Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, has blamed the militia groups active in Iraq for regular attacks on foreign forces as part of their plan to harm the forthcoming elections.

Sadr said in a statement published on his official Twitter account that the attacks would have adverse effects on the security and stability of the country only.

He believes that that targeting the foreign forces would also delay the process of their withdrawal which the Iraqi government and foreign partners have agreed on.

“The prolonged stay of the foreign forces is actually in the interest of the militias… it is aimed at taking Iraq into the conflict between Syria and Israel,” the Shia cleric added.

Shia militias liked to Iran have recently stepped up attacks on the US and Coalition forces across Iraq. In Erbil, an explosive-laden drone attacked the Coalition forces at the Erbil International Airport earlier this month.