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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.

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.

For Yazidis, Baghdadi's death 'doesn't feel like justice yet'

30 Oct 2019

SHARYA CAMP, Iraq Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death will mean nothing to 19-year-old rape victim Jamila unless the Islamic State militants who enslaved her are brought to justice.

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