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Shia Islam: One of the two main branches of Islam
Shia Islam is one of the two main branches of Islam. It holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad designated Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor and the Imam (leader) after him, most notably at the event of Ghadir Khumm, but was prevented from the caliphate as a result of the incident of Saqifah. This view primarily contrasts with that of Sunni Islam, whose adherents believe that Muhammad did not appoint a successor and consider Abu Bakr, who was appointed caliph by a small group of Muslims at Saqifah, to be the first rightful caliph after the Prophet.

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VIDEO: Moqtada al-Sadr, a powerful symbol of resistance in Iraq

For months, Iraq has been rocked by anti-government demonstrations, and now a crisis between the United States and Iran. One man stands at the centre of these events: Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric..
France 24 - Published

Iraq's top cleric calls for formation of new government

Iraq’s leading Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged Iraq's political parties on Friday to form a new government as soon as possible, and urged authorities to respect protesters'..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Videos for Shia Islam


Thousands rally in Baghdad against US military presence [Video]Thousands rally in Baghdad against US military presence

People responded to a call by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr who has been rallying his supporters against Washington's interference.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:40Published

"No to America": Thousands of Iraqis rally against U.S. military presence [Video]"No to America": Thousands of Iraqis rally against U.S. military presence

Thousands of Iraqis rallied at two central Baghdad intersections on Friday after a prominent cleric called for a "million strong" protest against the American military presence, following the U.S...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

Iraq Shia armed groups meeting over 'US aggression' [Video]Iraq Shia armed groups meeting over 'US aggression'

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, the spokesperson for Iraq's Hezbollah Brigades has confirmed a meeting in Iran of all the major Shia armed groups in the region.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:31Published

Top Iraq cleric fears worse bloodshed is ahead for U.S.-Iran conflict [Video]Top Iraq cleric fears worse bloodshed is ahead for U.S.-Iran conflict

Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned mutual U.S. and Iranian attacks on Iraqi soil and warned of deteriorating security in the country and wider region as a result of Washington's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:19Published

Iraqi parliament approves measure ending foreign troop presence [Video]Iraqi parliament approves measure ending foreign troop presence

Iraq's parliament on Sunday called on all foreign troops to be ordered out after the United States killed a top Iranian military commander and an Iraqi militia leader in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:49Published

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Iranians Publicly Mourn Assassinated Military Commander [Video]Hundreds Of Thousands Of Iranians Publicly Mourn Assassinated Military Commander

Hundreds of thousands of mourner turned out across Iran on Sunday to mourn slain military commander Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in Iraq in a U.S. military strike. His body was returned home..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

The Iranian plan that Soleimani's death thwarted [Video]The Iranian plan that Soleimani's death thwarted

In mid-October, Iran's general Qassem Soleimani met with his Iraqi Shi’ite militia allies at a villa on the banks of the Tigris River. Reuters sources are detailing what specifically was orchestrated..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published

Thousands mourn Soleimani in Iraq funeral [Video]Thousands mourn Soleimani in Iraq funeral

Baghdad's streets were choked on Saturday with people paying respects to Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and others slain in the targeted U.S. air strike against him.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination [Video]Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination

Tehran has an array of options to hit back at U.S. targets and allies after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published

Protesters attack U.S embassy in Baghdad [Video]Protesters attack U.S embassy in Baghdad

An estimated 6000 protesters gathered outside the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday during a hostile protest. Several dozen protesters broke into the compound.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:16Published

Supporters of Shia militia storm into US Embassy compound in Baghdad [Video]Supporters of Shia militia storm into US Embassy compound in Baghdad

Dozens of angry Iraqi Shia militia supporters have broken into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and gunfire. The..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:03Published

US carries out air raids in Iraq, Syria against Hezbollah [Video]US carries out air raids in Iraq, Syria against Hezbollah

Pentagon says it targeted three locations of the Iranian-backed Shia armed group in Iraq and two in Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:37Published

Iraq crisis: Top Shia leader to avoid politics [Video]Iraq crisis: Top Shia leader to avoid politics

A show of dismay, Iraq's highest Shia leader gives politicians silent treatment amid major political stalemate.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

Iran's Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters [Video]Iran's Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Wednesday for the release of any unarmed and innocent people who were detained during protests against gasoline price hikes, after two weeks of violent..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published

 

Loudspeakers blast ‘No, no America!’ as Baghdad protesters demand US troops quit Iraq

Hundreds of supporters of an influential, radical Shi'ite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened tensions after a..
France 24 - Published

Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest

Iranian-backed Shi'ite factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a "million-strong" march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States' struggle with Iran plays out..
Reuters - Published

Lebanon forms new government

lebanon forms new government
Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday under Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its allies agreed on a cabinet that must urgently address an economic crisis. The..
WorldNews - Published

Lebanon forms government with backing of Hezbollah and allies

Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the powerful Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies clinched an agreement over a cabinet that must address a..
Reuters - Published

Iraq protests swell with youth angry at slow pace of reform

iraq protests swell with youth angry at slow pace of reform
Baghdad (AFP) - Protests escalated across Iraq's south and its capital Baghdad on Sunday as demonstrators sealed off streets with burning tyres in outrage at the government's slow pace of reform. The..
WorldNews - Published

Outgoing Iraq PM says US troop ouster up to next government

outgoing iraq pm says us troop ouster up to next government
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's outgoing prime minister said Wednesday it was up to the next government to see through parliament's decision to oust U.S. troops. Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's comments came..
WorldNews - Published

Cleric fears worse bloodshed in Iraq as U.S.-Iran conflict persists

Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned the U.S.-Iranian military confrontation taking place on Iraqi soil, saying it risked plunging the war-ravaged country and the wider Middle East into..
Reuters - Published

Iraqi cleric condemns U.S. and Iran as fears of wider conflict persist

Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned mutual U.S. and Iranian attacks on Iraqi territory and warned of deteriorating security in the country and the wider Middle East as a result..
Reuters - Published

Iraq's top cleric condemns U.S., Iran confrontation on Iraqi soil

Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned mutual U.S. and Iranian attacks on Iraqi soil and warned of deteriorating security in the country and wider region as a result of Washington's..
Reuters - Published

I was in Iraq during the assassination of General Soleimani. Trump has made a huge mistake

i was in iraq during the assassination of general soleimani. trump has made a huge mistake
I would have been shocked by the news of the US assassination of Iran’s Major-General Qassem Soleimani no matter where I was in the world. But it was particularly jarring to read about it as I woke..
WorldNews - Published

Saudi Arabia arrests wanted man in Eastern Province: state TV

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday arrested a man it said had opened fire on a security patrol in the eastern Al-Qatif region, a regular flashpoint between the Sunni Muslim dominated government and minority..
Reuters - Published

Sistani's son welcomes Soleimani, Muhandis funeral in Najaf: Iraqi state TV

The son of Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric was there to welcome the funeral procession for Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in the Shi'ite holy city..
Reuters - Published

Inside the plot by Iran’s Soleimani to attack U.S. forces in Iraq

In mid-October, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani met with his Iraqi Shi'ite militia allies at a villa on the banks of the Tigris River, looking across at the U.S. embassy complex in Baghdad.
Reuters - Published

Air strikes targeting Iraqi militia kill six: army source

Air strikes targeting Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad have killed six people and critically wounded three, an Iraqi..
Reuters - Published

Rival Shi'ite leaders in Iraq call for U.S. troop expulsion in rare show of unity

Rival Shi'ite political leaders on Friday called for American troops to be expelled from Iraq after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed a senior Iranian general, in an unusual show of unity among..
Reuters - Published

Iraqi parliament speaker condemns U.S. air strike: statement

Iraq's Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi condemned on Friday a U.S. air strike in Baghdad that killed Iran's most powerful general and a top Iraqi Shi'ite militia commander as a breach of..
Reuters - Published

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric tells all parties to practice restraint

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned on Friday a U.S. air strike on Baghdad airport that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander..
Reuters - Published

Lebanon's Hezbollah to continue path of Iranian commander after U.S. strike: TV

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday his powerful Shi'ite militia group would continue the path of Iran's Major-General Qassem Soleimani after his death in a U.S. air..
Reuters - Published

US Embassy attack boosts US-Iran tensions

Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, angered over deadly U.S. airstrikes targeting the Iran-backed militia. (Dec. 31)  
USATODAY.com - Published

Donald Trump threatens Iran for insurgents storming of US Embassy in Iraq

Supporters of the Iraq Shiite militia, which is backed by Iran, broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad earlier Tuesday.
USATODAY.com - Published

Iraqi Shiite militia supporters attack US embassy compound in Baghdad

Iraqi militia fighters and their supporters enraged by US strikes on an Iran-backed Iraqi militia attacked the US embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, hurling stones, smashing a main door and..
France 24 - Published

Iraqi supporters of Iran-backed militia attack US Embassy

Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad. The attack followed deadly U.S. airstrikes Sunday.
USATODAY.com - Published

Protesters in Iraq attack US Embassy

Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. This follows deadly U.S. airstrikes this week that killed 25..
USATODAY.com - Published

Iraq's Sadr says he is willing to work with Iran-backed rivals to oust U.S. troops

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iran-backed militia groups - his political rivals - to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political..
Reuters - Published

Lebanon's Hezbollah condemns U.S. air strikes in Iraq: statement

Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite group Hezbollah condemned on Monday U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, calling them a blatant attack on Iraqi sovereignty,..
Reuters - Published

Iraq crisis deepens as politicians miss deadline to name PM

iraq crisis deepens as politicians miss deadline to name pm
BAGHDAD — Iraqi politicians have missed another deadline to name a new prime minister because of disagreements over which is the largest bloc in parliament, deepening a crisis that has roiled the..
WorldNews - Published

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Sistani says early election only way out of crisis

iraq’s top shiite cleric sistani says early election only way out of crisis
Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said on Friday that an early election was the only way out of the...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Lebanon's Deputy Speaker Ferzli gives first nomination for Diab as PM

Lebanon's Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli, an ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah, said on Thursday he had nominated former minister Hassan Diab as prime minister, indicating the Shi'ite group and..
Reuters - Published

The evolution of nationalism in Lebanon: How revolution is shaping a unified identity

the evolution of nationalism in lebanon: how revolution is shaping a unified identity
Damascus: The October of Lebanon has awakened cross-sectarian national sentiment in in the tiny Mediterranean country, after years of slumber imposed by Israel occupations and full-blown Iranian..
WorldNews - Published

Clashes Erupt in Lebanon Over Release of Online Video

clashes erupt in lebanon over release of online video
An online video purportedly deemed offensive to Shi'ite Muslims has sparked unrest in Lebanon, which remains on edge amid anti-government protests that have been ongoing since mid-October. Late Monday,..
WorldNews - Published

Lebanon's Berri, Hariri call for calm after night of violence

Lebanon's parliament speaker and caretaker prime minister warned against strife on Tuesday after clashes between supporters of Shi'ite groups and security forces overnight stirred fears of further..
Reuters - Published

Lebanon protests: Video sparks fresh clashes in Beirut

Shia youths were angered by a clip that they they believed insulted revered Shia figures.
BBC News - Published

Lebanese army clashes with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Lebanese troops lobbed tear gas on Tuesday to disperse supporters of Shi'ite groups Hezbollah and Amal who tried to storm a square in Beirut in response to a video that purportedly offended Shi'ite..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Iraq's top cleric condemns protester killings and calls for gun controls

iraq's top cleric condemns protester killings and calls for gun controls
Baghdad: Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned recent killings of anti-government protesters and urged full state control over the use of weapons in the country following one particular..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric condemns killings, kidnappings of protesters: representative

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday condemned recent killings and kidnappings of protesters, urging the state to assert control over the widespread use of weapons.
Reuters - Published

Iraq protesters form 'mini-state' in Baghdad's Tahrir Square

iraq protesters form 'mini-state' in baghdad's tahrir square
BAGHDAD: With border guards, clean-up crews and hospitals, Iraqi protesters have created a mini-state in Baghdad's Tahrir Square, offering the kinds of services they say their government has failed to..
WorldNews - Published

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