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Newsline: Australian diplomats targeted by explosive device in Baghdad

A small homemade explosive detonated on Friday near Baghdad’s Green Zone as an Australian diplomatic convoy made its way into the area, two security officials told The Associated Press. (https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-international/ap-explosive-detonates-in-baghdad-targets-australian-diplomats/) No injuries were reported. Despite the explosion, the Australian convoy was able to enter the Green Zone. The blast happened amid Australia’s diplomatic mission’s efforts to mediate between influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and an Iran-backed faction of rival Shiite parties, according to the security officials, to end one of Iraq’s worst political crises in recent years.

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