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Iraq protest death toll mounts as cleric warns against meddling

07 Dec 2019

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric said a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference in an apparent nod to Iranian influence, as armed men killed at least 19 people, including three police, near a Baghdad protest site on Friday.

Washington blacklists Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders over protests

06 Dec 2019

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON The United States on Friday blacklisted three Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders over their alleged role in killings of anti-government protesters in Iraq and threatened future sanctions if violence against demonstrators continued.

With sorrow and anger, clans mourn kin gunned down on bridge in southern Iraq

06 Dec 2019

NASSIRIYA, Iraq A short distance from a bridge in southern Nassiriya where Iraqi security forces gunned down their friends, young women and men set out rows of mock coffins, each draped in an Iraqi flag with pictures of the slain protesters taped on. | Video

Iraq protesters burn shrine entrance in holy city, PM quitting 'not enough'

30 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi protesters set fire to the entrance of a shrine in the southern holy city of Najaf on Saturday and security forces fired tear gas to disperse them, police and a demonstrator at the scene said, risking more bloodshed after a rare day of calm.

Iraq PM says he will quit after cleric's call but violence rages on

29 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country's senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest. | Video

Threats, arrests, targeted killings silence Iraqi dissidents

29 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD After armed men raided the home of Hussein Adel al-Madani and his wife Sara Talib last year, the Iraqi activists spent months of self-imposed exile in Turkey, changed address upon returning home and ceased participating in protests, according to two friends of the couple.

RPT-UPDATE 3-Iraq PM announces resignation after call from top Shi'ite cleric

29 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD, Nov 29 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric called for lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest.

Iraqi forces kill 45 protesters after Iranian consulate torched

29 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD/NAJAF, Iraq Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 45 protesters on Thursday after demonstrators stormed and torched an Iranian consulate overnight, in what could mark a turning point in the uprising against the Tehran-backed authorities. | Video

Iraq protesters torch Iran consulate in Najaf, curfew imposed

27 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf and set fire to the building on Wednesday bringing a new level of violence to demonstrations aimed at the downfall of a government backed by Tehran.

Tuktuk, newspaper of Iraq's uprising, aspires to be vehicle for change

20 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD "If you kill us all, who will you rule over?" says the latest issue of Tuktuk newspaper, produced, printed and distributed by Iraqi anti-government activists to thousands of protesters camped out in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. | Video

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