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    Followers of Iraq's Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather and chant slogans during a protest demanding that parliament approves a long-delayed new cabinet and end political and sectarian wrangling that is hampering a vote on the matter, at Tahrir Square in Baghdad April 26, 2016

    Iraqi Military Announces Full Combat Readiness Amid Baghdad Protests

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    Baghdad military command announced the state of the full combat readiness after the protests eruption, media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The military command of Baghdad announced the state of the full combat readiness after the group of supporters of the Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada Sadr broke into the territory of the parliament building, media reported Saturday.

    ​According to Al Jazeera TV channel, protesters are now inside the parliament building, with some of them smashing furniture.

    ​Earlier media reports suggested that Iraqi parliament, experiencing a split, was unable to vote on candidates for the new government, and rescheduled the hearing for Tuesday.


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