Iraqi security forces close a bridge leading to the heavily guarded Green Zone during a demonstration in support of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Friday ordered military commanders to make it easier for civilians to get into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone while improving access to streets across the country closed off by political and security factions.Abadi is pushing major reforms to Iraq's governing system aimed at combating graft and incompetence which he says have deprived Iraqis of basic services while undermining government forces in the fight against ISIS militants in the north and west.Abadi announced the first package of reforms earlier this month following a call for tougher action by senior Shiite authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and weeks of demonstrations demanding better public services and an end to graft.
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