Iraq PM orders opening of green zone

Iraqi security forces close a bridge leading to the heavily guarded Green Zone during a demonstration in support of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security commanders to make it easier for civilians to get into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone as well as giving better access to streets across the country closed by political and security factions.

In online statements ahead of street protests expected in the capital and southern cities, Abadi also ordered a legal committee to review the ownership of state properties and return illegally gained assets to the state.

Militias, political parties and influential figures have closed off many areas in Baghdad and other cities in recent years in response to widespread car bombing campaigns. Abadi ordered commanders to implement a plan “to protect civilians ... from being targeted by terrorism”.

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