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Iraq PM says he will resign after bloody protests

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Adel Abdel Mahdi's statement is greeted with cheers and blaring music across Baghdad's iconic Tahrir Square, where crowds have amassed since early October against a ruling class deemed corrupt and inefficient

RESIGINING. Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony in Baghdad on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq president says PM willing to resign, vows early polls

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Iraqi President Barham Saleh says Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi is ready to step down but there is so far no one to take his place

RESIGNATION? Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony in Baghdad on October 23, 2019 for Major General Ali al-Lami, a commander of the Iraqi Federal Police's Fourth Division, who was killed the previous day in Samarra in the province of Salahuddin, north of the Iraqi capital. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP)

Iraq students join protests as pressure on government swells

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The protests are unprecedented in recent Iraqi history for their ire at the entire political class, including Abdel Mahdi, parliament speaker Mohammed Al-Halbussi and even traditionally revered religious leaders

PROTESTS. Iraqis demonstrators wave a national flag (L) and another bearing the words 'O Hussein' in Arabic, referring to the prophet Mohamed's grandson Imam Hussein ibn Ali, in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

More than a dozen dead in renewed Iraq protests as thousands rally

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The demonstrations represent a second phase of a weeklong movement in early October demanding an end to widespread corruption, unemployment and an overhaul of the political system

NEW PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters march with national flags and pictures of people who were killed before in previous protests earlier in the month, during an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 25, 2019. AFP photo

Iraq military admits 'excessive force' used in deadly protests

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Excessive force outside the rules of engagement was used and we have begun to hold accountable those commanding officers who carried out these wrong acts,' the military says

PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters take part in a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's central Khellani Square on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Protesters flood Iraq streets anew as death toll nears 100

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Dozens gather around the oil ministry in Central Baghdad, facing live rounds fired in their direction

PROTEST. Iraqis gatehr in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on October 5, 2019 after a curfew was lifted following a day of violent protests. AFP photo

Baghdad clashes mount as top Shiite cleric endorses Iraq protests

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The endorsement from Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani prompts celebratory gunfire from protesters and piles new pressure on Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

IRAQ PROTESTS. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Ahmad Al-Safi, a representative of Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader, reading a statement in which Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged Iraq to heed protesters 'before it's too late' during a televised speech following the weekly Friday prayer at a mosque in the central shrine city of Karbala on October 4, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAQIYA TV

Death toll rises to 19 as Iraq protests spread across south

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Braving live fire, tear gas and local curfews, Iraqis flood the streets for a third day in the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

PROTESTS. Iraqi protestors shout slogans during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on October 2, 2019 in the southern city of Basra. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Protests multiply in Iraqi capital after 3 killed

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:29 PM

(UPDATED) The demonstrations are the first major challenge to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, who formed his government a year ago this month and who controversially blamed the violence on 'aggressors' among the protesters

PROTEST. Smoke rises from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. Photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

In first, Iraq PM points finger at Israel on base attacks

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says his government had 'indications' Israel was behind some attacks on paramilitary bases this summer

Members of the "Liwa al-Tafuf" 13th Brigade of Iraq's Shiite Muslim Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units) paramilitary show off their skills during a graduation ceremony at a training centre in the central Iraqi city of Karbala on August 30, 2019.  Mohammed SAWAF / AFP

Iraq warns of 'danger of war' as Iranian foreign minister visits

May 26, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi pleads for the 'stability of the region and the upholding of the nuclear deal,' referring to a 2015 agreement between Iran and major powers

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on May 26, 2019.  SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iran leader calls on Iraq to demand U.S. withdraw troops

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Wherever they (US troops) have had an enduring presence, forcing them out has become problematic,' Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

American trainers take a break as they train Iraqi soldier on approaching and clearing buildings at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops and is located north of the capital Baghdad, on January 7, 2015. Taji is one of an eventual five sites from which the US and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP/ PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Trump declares end to U.S. 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump's surprise visit prompts criticism from Iraqi authorities, noting that it was 'not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states'

TRUMP IN IRAQ. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP