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Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during a parade in Baghdad's Sadr city, June 21, 2014. Iraq's senior Shi'ite religious cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a call for unity, saying Shi'ites and Sunnis should rally behind the authorities to prevent the Sunni militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from destroying the country. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

Sadr to de-militarise loyalist militia

 Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday he was dissolving the Promised Day Brigade, an armed faction loyal to him, and closing its headquarters, according to a statement published on his Twitter page.

On Thursday, Sadr urged paramilitary groups to purge what he called undisciplined members, and said non-state armed groups should hand in their weapons.

Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias have been accused of an attempt to kill outgoing Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi with a armed drone on Nov. 7.

Source: Reuters

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