In case you missed them, here are this week’s top stories on Iraq:
- Washington Post
Protesters stormed Iraq’s parliament Saturday in a dramatic culmination of months of demonstrations, casting uncertainty over the tenure of the country’s prime minister and the foundations of the political system laid in place after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
- Associated Press
Anti-government protesters temporarily ended their mass demonstration in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday and began an orderly withdrawal a day after tearing down walls around the government district and invading parliament.
- Washington Post
President Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic State is predicated on having a credible and effective Iraqi ally on the ground in Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Dozens of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr breached the walls of Iraq’s heavily guarded International Zone on Saturday, burst into the country’s parliament chambers and attacked a senior lawmaker.
Iraqi protesters announced their withdrawal from Baghdad’s International Zone on Sunday night but said they would return if their demands for government reform weren’t met swiftly, one day after hundreds stormed the country’s parliament.
- New York Times
Hundreds of protesters stormed Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday and entered the Parliament building, waving Iraqi flags, snapping photographs, breaking furniture and demanding an end to corruption. The episode deepened a political crisis that has paralyzed Iraq’s government for weeks.
- The Guardian
The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has ordered authorities to arrest and prosecute the protesters who attacked security forces and legislators and damaged state property after breaking into Baghdad’s heavily fortified green zone to protest delays in reform plans.
- Huffington Post
Hundreds of supporters of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed parliament inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and camped out nearby after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.
Iraq’s prime minister has ordered the arrest of protesters who attacked security forces and assaulted MPs as they stormed the country’s parliament in Baghdad Saturday.
Shia Muslim activists who occupied Iraq’s parliament on Saturday have begun to leave Baghdad’s government district.