Iraq protests - updates

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Drone hits Iraq cleric's home as tensions rise after Baghdad attack

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The developments mark a worrying turn for the anti-government protests rocking Iraq since October, the country's largest and deadliest grassroots movement in decades

Iraq parliament approves PM resignation, protesters mourn dead

Dec 01, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) After a spike in violence days ago left nearly 70 people dead across 3 cities, Iraqis in nearly all provinces turn out in solidarity

MOURNING. Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of Haidar Ahmed Kazem, a high school student who was killed a day earlier, during his funeral procession in Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad, on December 1, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

6 protesters killed in south Iraq as unrest intensifies

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The rallies have continued, waning on some days but swelling again, despite the bloodshed, when demonstrators have felt politicians are stalling

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Iraqi demonstrators stand next to the smoking remains of an Iraqi anti-riot vehicle during a demonstration in the southern city of Basra on November 24, 2019, as protesters cut-off roads and activists call for a general strike. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Iran spy agency leaks reveal 'vast' sway in protest-hit Iraq

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Iraq has had close but complex ties with its large eastern neighbor, whose sway among Iraqi political and military actors grew vastly after the US-led invasion of 2003

POINT MAN. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force, speaking during an interview with members of the Iranian Supreme Leader's bureau in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRIB

Top Shiite cleric says protests will forever mark Iraq

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional,' says Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani

PROTESTS. In this file photo, Iraqi demonstrators gather in al-Khalani square in central Baghdad on November 9, 2019, during clashes with Iraqi forces. File photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraqis keep up sit-ins amid fears of 'bloodbath'

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:57 PM

(UPDATED) 12 protesters die on Saturday, November 9, when security forces cleared out protest sites, medical sources say

PROTESTERS MOURN. Mourners carry the casket of an Iraqi protester, who was killed the day before during protests in the capital, during his funeral in the central Iraqi city of Najaf on November 10, 2019. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Renewed live fire in Iraq capital as blackout, sit-ins persist

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Mass rallies have continued in the capital and across Iraq's Shiite-majority south, despite a renewed internet blackout and violence that has left nearly 280 dead

MORE PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters wearing Guy Fawkes maskes hold up a banner with revolutionary slogans in English during continuing anti-government protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on November 6, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Student strikes, street closures in Iraq protests

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Other students take part in sit-ins at their schools, and the country's national teachers union extend the strike they began last week

PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters gather at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq protests enter 2nd month, defying pledges of reform

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:08 PM

More than 250 people have died and 10,000 have been wounded in the past month as protests evolved into calls for the 'downfall of the regime'

SECOND MONTH. Iraqi protesters gather at Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 1, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/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 army declares curfew in Baghdad after student protests

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The move sparks concern security forces want to clear out main gathering places like the capital's Tahrir Square, occupied by demonstrators for 4 consecutive nights

PROTESTS. Iraqi medical students take part in an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 28, 2019. AFP photo

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

Facing pressure, Iraq ups probes into protest bloodshed

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Authorities order the creation of two new investigatory commissions

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. - Popular protests multiplied across Iraq today as thousands of demonstrators braved live fire and tear gas in rallies that have left seven dead in the past 24 hours. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP)

Top Iraq cleric says government responsible for protest deaths

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani gives authorities 'two weeks' to release the findings of an investigation into the more than 100 deaths recorded during the protests since October 1

PROTEST. This file photo shows smoke rising from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. File photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

Iraq begins national mourning for protest dead

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Since protests and violence calmed on October 8, the government has proposed reforms to lower youth unemployment, currently at 25%, while the labor ministry proposed an online job register

PROTESTS. In this file photo, 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

Calm returns to Iraq as U.S. condemns violence

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Traffic has again clogged the main roads of the sprawling city of 9 million inhabitants. Students have returned to schools, whose reopening was disrupted by the violence.

CALM. A member of the Iraqi security forces mans a checkpoint in the capital Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 8, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraqi president urges end to 'escalation' after days of deadly protests

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:52 PM

President Barham Saleh appeals for a 'halt to escalation' and proposes a 'national, all-encompassing and frank dialogue…without foreign interference' to chart a way out of the crisis

IRAQ PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters speaks with members of police in Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

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

Iraq forces fire on dozens of protesters in Baghdad

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The security forces fired directly at the protesters, not in the air, an Agence France-Presse correspondent says.There is no immediate word on any casualties.

IRAQ PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters gather in front of Iraqi security forces during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's central Tayeran Square on October 3, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

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