Iraq PM sacks commander after Green Zone breach: statement

Iraq’s premier sacked the commander of special forces in Baghdad’s Green Zone after protesters breached the fortified area, a military statement said on Wednesday. The removal of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed Ridha may indicate that security forces will take a harder line against demonstrators who are expected to protest later this week. Angry demonstrators, most of them supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, broke into the Green Zone and stormed parliament on Saturday in an unprecedented security breach.

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