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Iraq orders expulsion of Swedish ambassador over Quran controversy

By Mustafa Salim and Louisa Loveluck

20 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Iraq is expelling the Swedish ambassador after that country’s government allowed a protest in Stockholm in which a copy of the Quran was desecrated.

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that he was expelling the Swedish ambassador after that country's government allowed a protest in Stockholm in which a copy of the Quran was desecrated.

The order came after hundreds of young men, many of them supporters of the powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, stormed the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad in the early hours Thursday for the second time in the past few weeks, setting fire to a portion of the entrance hall and inflaming a growing political crisis.

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