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(BASE DEFENSE)--Protesters are reported to have breached the walls of Baghdad's Green Zone and have taken out Parliament, where many of the lawmakers are holed up in their offices as others have made good their harrowing escape at the last minute.
Reports coming in from various agencies indicate a condition of utmost caution even as the US Embassy has been given orders to hunker down.
Protesters appear to be followers of the infamous al-Sadr faction that has been a thorn in the side of the west ever since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The parliament chambers look like Wall Street during a Bad Day.
What happens next is anybody's guess as tear gas and barbed wire are the order of the day.
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