Sadr is paving the way for pro-Iranian parties to increase their seats in the Council of Representatives.
Although Iran's expansionist aspirations are primarily aimed at the Middle East, the states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia remain in Tehran’s sights.
Experts and protestors point at Iran-affiliated militias, accusing them of being responsible for a string of assassinations that mainly targeted activists.
Iran has managed to entrench itself in Syria and is fast becoming an immovable force in the country.
A suicide and gun attack on a Shia mosque in the western city of Herat also wounded over 60 individuals, mostly thought to be worshippers. More than 1,700 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan so far this year.
The strategic town which is mostly Turkmen populated will be Iraqi army's next in the roll-up of remaining Daesh-ruled cities.
The island nation's justice department accused it of sanctioning violence and glorifying the men convicted of killing three police officers in a 2014 bomb blast.
Another bloody weekend in Iraq as sectarian violence shows no signs of abating.
DAESH has claimed responsibility after a bomber detonated his explosive vest in Iskan, a mostly Shi'ite district in the west of the Iraqi capital.
Saudi-led air strikes kill at least seven in Yemen as war rages between the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-allied Houthis.
Thousands of people have been displaced after US-backed Iraqi forces retook many parts of Fallujah from DEASH. The UN and other aid organisations fear the crisis could worsen if not attended by the authorities properly.
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