Baghdad Curfew Ended By Iraq PM Haider Al-Abadi

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The Prime Minister of Iraqi Haider al-Abadi has ordered that the night-time curfew in place in Baghdad for years to be lifted beginning on Saturday. BBC reports:

The announcement came after Mr Abadi was briefed by security services.

Iraq has long used curfews to try to curb violence, and analysts say the latest move marks a major policy shift.

While Baghdad is still hit by regular suicide bombings, the threat to the capital from Islamic State (IS) militants is viewed to have subsided.

Iraq’s army is battling IS militants who have seized large swathes of territory outside of Baghdad.

In the city itself, at least 10 people were killed as a series of explosions rocked the capital on Tuesday.

But Mr Abadi wants life in Iraq to return to normal as far as possible “despite the existence of a state of war,” his spokesman Rafid Jaboori said.

The lifting of restrictions is “part of the response to terrorism and the war against it,” he added.

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