Tensions soar as rival protests take place near Iraqi parliament

by News Update

Rival demonstrations by competing Shia Muslim groups affiliated with heavily armed militias brought thousands to the streets of Iraq’s capital as tension soars over the failure to form a government after months of deadlock.
Iraqi security forces were on high alert in Baghdad on Monday. Iraq’s longest post-election deadlock, at nearly 10 months with no government after an October vote, has led to unrest including protests by supporters of the powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who are occupying parliament in an open-ended sit-in.
Al-Sadr’s opponents include a grouping of parties and militias mostly aligned with Iran, known as the Shia Coordination Framework, that called for counter-protests near parliament, saying they were aimed at protecting state institutions against the civil unrest of the Sadrists.
The Iraqi parliament sits in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone – also home to government buildings and embassies – which al-Sadr supporters stormed with ease twice last week as security forces stood back.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Baghdad.

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5 comments

TravelwithPrecious August 2, 2022 - 11:41 AM

Iraqis are very nice people ❤️❤️ I pray for peace and stability in their country. My visit there was fantastic.

Fmj-j August 2, 2022 - 12:01 PM

They miss dictatorship Iraqi are followers and they miss daddy

Saddam

[MD] Marcus August 2, 2022 - 12:06 PM

Ah yes many thanks to the US for sending them into stone age for the sake of gas and oil because nukes. Why not?

Gopal a August 2, 2022 - 12:21 PM

Iraq should become secular country.

massin akmin August 2, 2022 - 12:34 PM

Epic fail 00:35