Sadr’s visit to Saudi Arabia is an unexpected and may herald new alignments of power in Iraq.
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Iraq's influential Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr is on a rare visit to Saudi Arabia, where he met with the powerful new Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Sunday.Saudi Arabia is concerned about the influence of its rival Iran in Iraq, which backs Shiite militias fighting against Daesh (ISIS) there. In separate developments, Iraqi intelligence officials announced Sunday that they foiled an attempt by Daesh to attack revered Shiite shrines and the sect's spiritual leader.Daesh took over Iraq's second-largest city in in summer 2014 when it conquered much of northern and western Iraq.
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