At least 10 people were killed and more than 200 injured in violent clashes that erupted in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Monday, f
The security forces pushed protesters out of Iraq's Republican Palace by firing tear gas and live bullets. Hundreds of protesters stormed the building inside the Green Zone following al-Sadr's announcement, Iraqi security officials told
The Republican Palace is where the Iraqi cabinet meets, and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has now suspended all meetings of his government until further notice, according to a statement released by his office
"the difficult circumstance that our country is going through requires everyone to abide by calm, restraint, prevent escalation, and ensure that the situation does not slip into unknown and dangerous labyrinths in which everyone will lose."The country's President Barham Salih also urged calm .
Al-Sadr said he had made a decision two months ago "not to interfere in political affairs," but he was now announcing his "final retirement" from politics and shutting down all his political offices across the country, according to a statement released by his office
The announcement came after weeks of tensions and protests that were sparked by al-Sadr's decision in June to order his entire political bloc to withdraw from the Iraqi parliament in an apparent show of force after months of political stalemate.