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Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric condemns protester killings and calls for gun controls

13 Dec 2019

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned recent killings of anti-government protesters and urged full state control over the use of weapons in the country following one particular deadly attack by masked gunmen in Baghdad.

Iran-backed attacks in Iraq risks uncontrollable escalation - U.S. official

11 Dec 2019

BAGHDAD A senior U.S. military official said on Wednesday attacks by Iranian-backed groups on bases hosting U.S. forces in Iraq were gathering pace and becoming more sophisticated, pushing all sides closer to an uncontrollable escalation.

Iran-backed attacks in Iraq risks uncontrollable escalation -U.S. official

11 Dec 2019

BAGHDAD, Dec 11 A senior U.S. military official said on Wednesday attacks by Iranian-backed groups on bases hosting U.S. forces in Iraq were gathering pace and becoming more sophisticated, pushing all sides closer to an uncontrollable escalation.

Rocket hits Iraqi cleric's home following deadly Baghdad attack

07 Dec 2019

BAGHDAD A rocket fired from a drone targeted the home of populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, lawmakers from his Saeroon party said, following one of the capital's bloodiest nights in recent weeks.

Iraq's elite rallies around Iran-backed plan to hang on to power

12 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraq's ruling parties appear to have rallied behind a strategy, blessed by Iran, to try to survive a mass anti-government uprising by containing protests on the streets of Baghdad while offering a package of political reforms and elections next year.

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.

Iraqi forces push protesters back to main square, kill five

10 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Saturday as they pushed protesters back towards their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said.

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.

A view from the bridge: Iraq's protesters under fire

05 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Ali says he has seen more than 50 people killed in front of him since anti-government protests began in Iraq last month.

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