Baghdad: Iraq will be permanently lifting a decade old curfew on Baghdad on Saturday. According to security forces, the order was given by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al- Abbadi.
The move came after the Iraqi prime Minister visited the operations command on Wednesday and was briefed on the security situation.
Lifting the curfew is a major change to a longstanding policy that sought to curb violence in the capital by limiting movement at night.
The decision came as Iraqi forces battle to regain control from the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant in north and west of Bagdad. The hours it has been in force have varied over the years, but it has most recently lasted from midnight to 5am. While the capital is no longer under threat of a major assault by fighters, it is still hit by frequent bombings.