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Tags: ML | Iraq

Iraq's PM Replaces Military Commander over Green Zone Breach

Thursday, 05 May 2016 06:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A spokesman says the Iraqi government has replaced the commander of a military division tasked with protecting the heavily fortified Green Zone after hundreds of angry anti-government protesters broke into the parliament building.

The Cabinet spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, said Thursday that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree to replace staff Lt. Gen. Mohammed Ridha due to "the breach and assaults against the government institution."

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters, mainly followers of Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, knocked down concrete blast walls and broke into the parliament building, damaging furniture and slapping some lawmakers who tried to flee. Security forces stood idle with some seen kissing and shaking hands with the protesters.

The storming was a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months

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A spokesman says the Iraqi government has replaced the commander of a military division tasked with protecting the heavily fortified Green Zone after hundreds of angry anti-government protesters broke into the parliament building.The Cabinet spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, said...
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2016-28-05
Thursday, 05 May 2016 06:28 AM
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