Gunfire and explosions in Baghdad as rival militias face off

On Monday afternoon, clashes erupted between supporters of nationalist cleric Moqtada Al Sadr and security forces, while Iran-backed militias linked to rival coalition the Co-ordination Framework circled the area.

The army ordered a nationwide curfew from 7pm on Monday after Mr Al Sadr’s supporters stormed a republican palace used for diplomatic meetings in the Green Zone.

The cleric says the Co-ordination Framework has obstructed his right to form a government using unconstitutional legal challenges and boycotts of parliament

thenationalnews Gunfire and explosions in Baghdad as rival militias face off