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    Iraq Orders the Expulsion of Sweden’s Ambassador After a Man Desecrated the Quran in Stockholm

    Iraq Orders the Expulsion of Sweden's Ambassador After a Man Desecrated the Quran in Stockholm

    — Protesters angered by the planned burning of a copy of the Quran by an Iraqi man in stormed the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad Thursday, overrunning the diplomatic compound and starting a fire.

    Hours later, 's prime minister cut diplomatic ties with Sweden in protest over the desecration of the Islamic holy book.

    Protesters stormed the diplomatic post early Thursday, waving flags and signs showing the influential Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader Muqtada al-Sadr, and set a small fire. The attack on the embassy came ahead of a planned burning of the Quran in Stockholm by an Iraqi asylum-seeker who had burned a copy of the Islamic holy book in a previous demonstration last month.

    Following the incident, the Swedish Embassy announced that it had closed to visitors, without specifying when it would reopen.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said in a statement after meeting with security officials that Iraqi authorities would prosecute those responsible for the arson as well as referring “negligent security officials” for investigation.

    However, the statement also said that the Iraqi government had informed its Swedish counterpart on Wednesday that Iraq would cut off diplomatic relations should the Quran burning go forward.

    Hours later, Sudani announced he had ordered the expulsion of the Swedish ambassador from Iraq and the withdrawal of the Iraqi charge d'affaires from…

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