16 December 2019
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Families of slain demonstrators vow to pursue justice and keep on protesting Leila Abbas Hussein sobbed over a pair of sneakers, her entire body shaking. “These are his shoes,” she said, almost choking on her words. “These are the martyr’s shoes.” Her 20-year-old son Mohamed Habib Abbas was one of the first to die in the protests against endemic corruption that swept Iraq this month. Along with thousands of other mostly young protesters, he was demanding basic necessities: jobs, education,…
A small window of calm settled on the Baghdad streets on Sunday, following five days of violent protests. But, at dusk, the mayhem ricocheted once again through the Iraqi capital and southern cities with a clear message from civilians: Cut the corruption and provide essential services, and get Iran and its proxies out of government. “Protesters are being burned with hot water, tear gas, and by live fire. We are poor people, and the Iranian-backed militias are doing this to us. They are even…
The death toll from anti-government protests in Iraq has risen to almost 100, says the country's parliamentary human rights commission. The unrest entered its fifth day on Saturday, with at least five people killed in the latest clashes in the capital Baghdad. The security forces are again reported to have used live rounds. Demonstrators say they are taking a stand against unemployment, poor public services and corruption. It is the deadliest unrest since so-called Islamic State was declared defeated in…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence “before it’s too late.” The latest deaths raised the number of people killed in clashes during ongoing protests to 59 and marked a sharp escalation in the use of force against unarmed protesters. But neither the government nor demonstrators appear…
BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators defied an around-the-clock curfew in Baghdad and other cities Thursday as Iraqi security forces used live ammunition and tear gas during a third day of unrest that has left 33 people dead, most of them protesters. Authorities cut internet access in much of Iraq since late Wednesday in a desperate move to curb the rallies. By Thursday afternoon, the curfew was extended to three other southern provinces. The spontaneous rallies have been spurred mostly by…

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Iraq Wednesday, 02 October 2019 20:02

At least one person was reported dead Wednesday as Iraqi police used live ammunition and tear gas to try to disperse anti-government protesters who took to the streets for a second day in Baghdad. Demonstrators have filled streets around the Iraqi capital since Tuesday to protest high unemployment and poor government services.  The protests started in peacefully Tuesday in Baghdad's Tahrir Square peacefully but turned violent after security forces were deployed with water cannons, tear gas and live ammunition.  At…
A man is lying dead or injured on the pavement beside a road leading into Tahrir Square in the centre of Baghdad. Soldiers and police are running towards him, while Iraqi soldiers on the other side of the square are penning into a corner a group of a hundred or so protesters, some holding Iraqi flags, and chanting “Peaceful” and “For Iraq”. The protesters are more numerous than first appears because they have broken up into groups that are permanently on the…
The sidelining of a prominent Iraqi general celebrated for helping oust jihadists from Mosul has generated controversy in a country caught in a tug of war between Tehran and Washington. The Iraqi premiership on Friday announced it was decommissioning Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, who had served as the deputy head of the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, without giving a reason.  As a top commander in the CTS, which was created and intensively trained by the US, Saadi helped recapture Mosul…
Several Iraqi state institutions condemned on Friday threats made by Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Erj Masjedi that his country will bomb US targets in Iraq if Washington attacks Iran.In response to the diplomat’s threats, the Iraqi Defense Ministry stressed its rejection to turn the country into a battleground.Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said: "Iraq will not be a launchpad for aggression against Iran, nor will it allow US interests on its territory to be threatened.”In a press statement…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Protestors demanding government action on postgraduate unemployment were hosed down with Iraqi security force water cannons on Wednesday, in an act condemned by a national human rights commission as an act “against freedom of expression.”Iraqi master’s degree and PhD holders have been protesting outside ministry buildings in Baghdad since June, calling for measures to ease unemployment among postgraduates, including an increase in public sector jobs.A video recorded by a protestor and published on social media on Wednesday shows water…
Washington (CNN)A day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi oil facilities and argued there is "no evidence the attacks came from Yemen," a senior administration official briefed CNN on information to back up Pompeo's claims. The official pointed to the angle at which Saudi oil facilities were attacked, the numbers of points of impact and other information to argue that it is unlikely the attacks were carried out by Yemen. Instead, the official suggested the…

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