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Massive security deployment around Baghdad 'green zone': officials

AFP | Monday, Aug 11, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in a village on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh near the border province of Dohuk, August 9, 2014. Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani asked the international community on Sunday to provide the Kurds with weapons to bolster their battle against Islamic State militants.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police, army and counter-terrorism forces were deployed in unusually high numbers across strategic locations in Baghdad overnight, security sources said Monday.

"There is a huge security presence, police and army, especially around the Green Zone," the highly-protected district that houses Iraq's key institutions, a high-ranking police officer told AFP.

He said the deployment started at around 10:30 pm (1930 GMT), just 90 minutes before Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would file a complaint against the president for violating the constitution.

"There is security everywhere in Baghdad, these are very unusual measures that look like those we impose for a state of emergency," the police official said.

"Several streets have been closed... as well as some key bridges," said an official at the interior ministry.

"It's all linked to the political situation."

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