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Protesters Storm Iraqi Parliament

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:34:32 +0000

Marcio Silva/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Iraq's parliament was thrown into chaos Tuesday when its main chamber was stormed by the relatives of as many as 1,700 soldiers taken prisoner by the Islamic State in June.

The family members, who also attacked some of the lawmakers' staff, demanded to know the fate of the troops who were overwhelmed by ISIS fighters when the northern city of Mosul fell to the extremist group.

Tuesday's standoff ended several hours later with the protesters leaving the building. However, they plan on returning Wednesday to attend an emergency session of parliament.

At the time of their capture, a number of Iraqi security forces were videotaped being executed in the desert.  The Islamic State claimed to have killed hundreds of the soldiers.

Since then, some areas of land taken by ISIS have been regained with the assistance of Kurdish soldiers, Shiite militia and U.S. air strikes.


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