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Iraqi Protesters Storm Parliament
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Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament

Iraqi anti-government protesters have torn down walls and poured into the capital's heavily-fortified Green Zone, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a monthslong political crisis

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the capital's heavily-fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a monthslong political crisis.

Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been holding demonstrations and sit-ins for months to demand an overhaul of Iraq's corrupt and ineffective political system, but Saturday was the first time they broke into the Green Zone, home to most government ministries and foreign embassies.

Iraqi security forces fired tear gas at one entrance of the zone but appeared to be largely standing down as protesters marched through the area, chanting and waving Iraqi flags. Hundreds were still pouring into the Green Zone as night fell.

Iraq has been mired in a political crisis for months, hindering the government's ability to combat the Islamic State group -- which still controls much of the country's north and west -- or address a financial crisis largely caused by the plunge in global oil prices.

Al-Sadr's supporters have demanded an overhaul of the political system put in place following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, in which entrenched political blocs representing the country's Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds rely on patronage, resulting in widespread corruption and poor public services.

The major blocs have until now stymied the reform efforts of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has sought to address the protesters' demands.

Earlier Saturday, al-Sadr repeated accusations that Iraqi politicians are responsible for blocking political reforms. He did not call for an escalation in the protests, but shortly after his remarks, his supporters began scaling the compound's walls. A group of young men then pulled down a section of concrete blast walls to cheers from the crowd of thousands gathered in the streets outside.

The Green Zone has long been the focus of al-Sadr's allegations that the government is detached from the people. The compound is off-limits to the vast majority of Iraqis, as security procedures require multiple checks and specific documentation to enter.


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Shortly after the breach, cellphone videos uploaded to social media showed dozens of young men running through the halls of parliament, chanting slogans in support of al-Sadr and calling for the government to disband.

"We are all with you (al-Sadr)," one group of men yelled as they entered the building's main chamber.

Other videos showed a group of young men slapping an Iraqi lawmaker as he attempted to flee the crowd, and protesters mobbing another lawmaker's motorcade inside the Green Zone. The footage appeared authentic and corresponded with The Associated Press' reporting.

Iraqi security forces initially responded by tightening security across the capital, sealing off checkpoints leading to the Green Zone and halting traffic on main roads heading into the city, according to the Baghdad Operations Command.

But Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, who have in the past been called on to reinforce security in the capital, said they are standing down for now.

"We still view this as a demonstration," said Sabah al-Numan, spokesman for the counterterrorism forces. "We aren't taking any part in this as it's not something regarding terrorism."

He added, however, that if the unrest escalates his forces may be forced to intervene to "protect the legitimacy of the government."

The U.N. mission to Iraq said it was "gravely concerned." It issued a statement condemning violence against elected officials and urging "calm, restraint and respect for Iraq's constitutional institutions at this crucial juncture."

A broad-based protest movement last summer mobilized millions and pressured al-Abadi to submit a series of austerity proposals that he said would also fight corruption. As political progress stalled, al-Sadr's movement has come to monopolize the protests in recent months.

Al-Abadi presented a second proposal earlier this month to reduce the size of the Cabinet and replace political appointees with independent technocrats. But opposition from the very political blocs the proposal aimed to weaken stalled his efforts.

Iraq is meanwhile struggling to maintain security in and around Baghdad, even as it has pushed IS militants back on a number of fronts elsewhere in the country.

Earlier on Saturday, a bombing in a market filled with Shiite civilians in Baghdad killed at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others, according to police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

IS claimed the attack, saying it used a three-ton truck bomb. The extremist group regularly carries out attacks targeting the security forces and the country's Shiite majority.

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Look how well our American Democracy is doing in Iraq. We might want to close down our embassy and get our people out of there before this turns into another Syria
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What a stunning success this nation building project has been.

There is where all the U.S. taxpayer money went in case you were curious..

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There's a simple solution. We should allow millions of them to settle in Western countries.
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The wall just got 10 feet higher
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The Iraqis are quite lucky. MoveOn, La Raza and BLM were not involved in this one.
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(04-30-2016 01:12 PM)Irenicus Wrote:  The Iraqis are quite lucky. MoveOn, La Raza and BLM were not involved in this one.

I kind of wish a jumbo jet plane full of them would disembark in Iraq and then head directly to Mosul. Bet they would disappear forever en route.
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Nothing funnier than watching camel jockeys LARPing democracy.

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lol @Middle East

its a big zoo, should have walls around

Deus vult!
05-01-2016 04:58 AM
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Its funny how followers of a man such as Al-Sadir claim they want democracy when the man himself doesn't believe in anything but absolute power and control.

He directed his followers to attack Coalition forces in Iraq, should of had a bullet put through his cranium for all the good he did. And now he wants to become a political force on the international stage? Laugh
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Why did we invade Iraq again? 'wepons of mass destruction' wasn't it ...
05-03-2016 09:05 PM
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