Two dead in security forces crackdown on Muqtada al-Sadr supporters, video of evacuation of US Embassy staff in Baghdad right now…
Uprising today in Baghdad
Published on 29.8.2022
IRAQ: Two dead during the repression of supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr by the security forces. According to Sky News Arabia19 other people were injured in the green zone of Baghdad.
Local media also report that US embassy staff in the capital have been evacuated. Video of the evacuation of US Embassy personnel in Baghdad right now.
UPDATE IN PROGRESS : US and UN officials are flown out of Baghdad. Iraq is in total chaos. After $2 trillion spent and hundreds of American lives
Why now ?
This question arises immediately after the WINNER of the recent Iraqi parliamentary elections withdrew from the election and shut down his political party, allegedly due to a massive threat of assassination.
A fire broke out in the green zone, we can also see the compound of the United States Embassy.
Due to the unrest in Baghdad (Iraq), the UN is asking all protesters to leave Baghdad’s green zone and to leave all government buildings.
Baghdad sinks into greater instability
Rioters inside the presidential palace in Baghdad.
Chaos in Iraq : After prominent Shiite leader Muktada a-Sidr, whose party won a majority in the parliamentary elections, decided to retire from politics and close his party’s offices, his supporters stormed the presidential palace in Baghdad.
His supporters stormed the presidential palace in Baghdad. They suspect Iran was behind the move in order to destabilize the country and gain more control.
A-Sidr is a staunch opponent of Iranian intervention in Iraqi affairs and rumors have it that death squads have been sent to assassinate him.
The curfew has been extended in Baghdad and in all the governorates of Iraq. Due to massive protests today in the capital and southern Iraq following the removal of Shia cleric Muqtadaal Sadr.
Ejaznews reports : Muqtada al-Sadr’s announcement to quit politics : After that, supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the government area in central Baghdad.
After influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics, his supporters stormed the Republican Palace, a commercial building in Baghdad’s walled Green Zone.
Reuters news agency quoted a security source as saying angry protesters stormed the Republican Palace moments after Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics.
According to an AFP photographer, thousands of Sadr supporters are heading towards Baghdad’s Green Zone. The army announced a curfew in Baghdad from 3 p.m. local time.
According to the army’s joint operations command, the movement of vehicles and citizens will be restricted during the curfew.
Earlier, al-Sadr announced his permanent retirement from politics. According to Reuters, Moqtada al-Sadr’s latest decision could create more instability in the country.
Moqtada al-Sadr wrote on Twitter: “I announce my final retirement from politics. He criticized his fellow Shiite leaders for ignoring the call for reform.
Muqdida al-Sadr did not give details of the announcement that his organization’s offices would close, but said his organization’s cultural and religious institutions would remain open.
Muqtada al-Sadr had also in the past announced his separation from politics and government and the disbandment of his loyal militia. However, it still wields influence over the country’s state institutions and has armed groups with thousands of members.
Despite these statements in the past, he participated in political activities. However, the current political crisis in Iraq is much more serious than in the past.
The recent stalemate between Muqtada al-Sadr and his Shia rivals has left the country without a government for a long time.
In the October elections, Muqtada al-Sadr’s party, the Sadrist Moment, came out on top, but after failing to form a government of their choice, members of his party withdrew from forming the government.
He had previously threatened to keep rival Shia groups close to Iran out of government. After that, supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the government area in central Baghdad.
Since then, the president’s supporters have controlled parliament, which has blocked the process of electing the president and prime minister.
Today, Muqtada al-Sadr calls for the dissolution of parliament and the organization of early elections. He claims that after the occupation of Iraq by the United States, no government politician can hold public office.
Monday’s announcement heightened fears that al-Sadr’s supporters could escalate their protests without his control, further destabilizing Iraq.