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Top Iraqi cleric casts doubt on reforms offered to defuse unrest

11 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric on Monday expressed concern that the political elite is not serious about enacting reforms in the face of mass unrest and said protesters should not go home until concrete steps had been taken to meet their demands.

Deadly clashes reignite in Iraq despite cleric's call for calm

08 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD - Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters broke out on Friday killing at least three people, despite a call for calm by the country's top Shi'ite cleric, as authorities grapple with the nation's biggest crisis in years.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges

07 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one person, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital. | Video

Iraqi forces shoot dead 13 protesters in renewed crackdown

05 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours, dispensing with weeks of relative restraint in favour of trying to stamp out demonstrations against political parties that control the government.

At least six killed as security forces open fire on Iraq protesters

04 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces killed at least five people when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands took part in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades. | Video

Protesters block roads to Iraqi port, demand end to foreign meddling

03 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Security forces killed a protester and wounded 91 others in Baghdad on Saturday, security and medical sources said, as tens of thousands of Iraqis gathered in mass anti-government protests in the capital and blocked roads leading to a major port. | Video

Hollow building becomes centre of Iraq's uprising

03 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD The skeleton of a high-rise building overlooking Baghdad's central Tahrir Square known as the Turkish Restaurant has become a temporary home and a bustling centre for protesters staging demonstrations against Iraq's ruling elites.

Iraqis pour into streets for biggest protest day since Saddam

02 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Tens of thousands of Iraqis thronged central Baghdad on Friday demanding the root-and-branch downfall of the political elite in the biggest day of mass anti-government demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Iraqi protesters reject leadership changes, demand systemic overhaul

31 Oct 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi will step down only if parliament's main blocs can agree on his replacement, the country's president said on Thursday, but tens of thousands of protesters said his resignation would not be enough.

Iraqi prime minister's fate in limbo as protests swell, two killed

31 Oct 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces killed two people on Wednesday by shooting tear gas canisters directly into their heads in an attempt to stop protesters entering Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, security and medical sources said. | Video

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