Supporters of al-Sadr storm the government palace in Baghdad

Supporters of the Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed the government palace today in Baghdad’s heavily guarded Green Zone, which houses many government institutions and foreign missions.

The raid on the palace followed al-Sadr’s announcement that he was withdrawing from politics due to the intractable political deadlock in the country, reports the German news agency dpa.

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