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Iraqi Jets Strike ISIS Position in Syria

Iraqi Jets Strike ISIS Position in Syria

The groups also ran on a pledge of "Iraq First" - a rebuke to the outside powers many blame for recent instability, namely Iran and the United States. In 2015, he formed an alliance with the Iraqi Communist party and secular groups under an umbrella of security and corruption concerns, two issues that have long dogged day-to-day Iraqi life, and his constituency.

A populist bloc organized by Sadr won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary election, according to results from all 18 provinces released Monday.

"We are ready to work and cooperate in forming the strongest government for Iraq, free of corruption", Abadi said in a live televised address.

The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to end the Iran Nuclear deal just days before the Iraqi elections would only stoke the fire.

The electoral commission of Iraq announced that 44.5 percent of those eligible had cast their ballots in the elections.

Sadr's ascendancy comes at the expense of incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the preferred candidate of the United States, who came in third overall.

Iraqi Air Forces claim hitting major ISIS position in Syria's northern Al-Hasakah province.

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Although he is primed to receive a considerable amount of votes, he does not have Tehran's backing and thought to be failed to muster an overall majority without striking a tricky coalition agreement with other blocs.

The ranking of these blocs can still change with results yet to be announced from eight provinces, including Nineveh, which has the second-largest number of seats after Baghdad.

"I call on Iraqis to respect the results of the elections", he said. He was followed by Amiri with more than 1.2 million votes, translating into 47 seats, and Abadi with more than 1 million votes and 42 seats. His father's cousin, Mohammed Baqir, was killed by Saddam in 1980.

After the announcement that the Marching Towards Reform was ahead in Baghdad, supporters took the streets in the capital to celebrate a win. Other political leaders in Baghdad voted at the luxury Rasheed Hotel behind the concrete walls of the green zone, the seat of government power.

On May 6, Abadi's office said in a statement that the 66-year-old prime minister had ordered the "painful strike" which targeted "a meeting of Daesh commanders south of al-Dushashiya region in Syrian territory".

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against Islamic State - with donors already pledging $30 billion.