Shiite mob storms gov’t buildings, parliament in Baghdad

A mob of Shiite demonstrators, all supporters of Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr, broke into Baghdad's "Green Zone", the center of the Iraqi government, and took over government buildings and the parliament on Saturday. The demonstrators were protesting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plan to dismiss all of his ministers and establish a government of experts that is not dependent on parties or on Shiites, Sunnis or Kurds. They were also protesting corruption by Iraqi officials. 
The government declared a state of emergency, but the demonstrations are continuing.  
DEBKAfile: The cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hopes to depose the prime minister so that one of his supporters can be appointed to the position. For that reason he is ready to support the pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiites who are now headed by Nouri al-Maliki, who served as prime minister for many years. The Iranians are ready to support anyone who can depose al-Abadi and return al-Maliki to power, while the US opposes the toppling of the incumbent due to concern that any pro-Iranian prime minister who follows him will order the removal of the US troops fighting ISIS in Iraq.
This situation means that there is no possibility that the Iraqi army, which is mostly Shiite, will participate in the military campaign against ISIS, including an operation to capture the city of Mosul, anytime soon.     

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