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Katyusha rockets hit military base outside of Baghdad

Four Katyusha rockets struck a military base next to Baghdad International Airport on Monday wounding “six fighters”, a statement from the military said. Security forces found a rocket launcher and several rockets in a search of the area, the statement said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It was …

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Several Iraqi protestors shot by gunmen

Gunmen killed at least six people near a protest site in central Baghdad on Friday, police and medics said. More than 20 others were wounded near Tahrir Square, the main protest camp in the Iraqi capital, the sources said. Source: Reuters

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Iraqi PM’s resignation okayed by parliament

Iraq’s parliament voted on Sunday to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, following weeks of violent anti-government protests that have rocked the country. Abdul Mahdi’s decision to quit on Friday came after a call by Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for parliament to …

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Iraqi PM still not sure he will leave

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. Violence raged on in southern Iraq, however, killing at least 21 people, and one protester was …

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Pakistani to shade pilgrim road in Iraq, with trees

A retired Pakistani industrialist sent thousands of saplings to Iraq on Friday to bring shade to pilgrims, an idea formed when his relatives returned from a holy site with sunburn. Mohammedi Durbar, 85, wants to plant nearly 50,000 trees along the entire 80-km (50-mile) pilgrimage route between Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim …

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Iraq apologies for attack on Najaf consulate

Iraq condemned an attack on Iran’s consulate in the southern city of Najaf, its state news agency said early on Thursday, citing the foreign ministry, after the building was stormed and set ablaze by Iraqi protesters the previous day. Wednesday’s attack was ‘aimed at damaging the historical relations between Iraq …

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Pence reassures Kurds, discusses Iraq protests

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington had betrayed its Kurdish allies there. His trip included a visit with Nechirvan Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan region …

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More killed as Iraqi protests persist

Seven people were killed on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at demonstrators in Baghdad, security and medical sources said, in renewed deadly violence as authorities seek to crush anti-government protests. The cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly …

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Iraqi protestors move to new port

Protesters have blocked the entrance to Iraq’s Khor al-Zubair commodities port near Basra, preventing trucks from entering, port officials told Reuters on Tuesday, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades continue. Khor al-Zubair is Iraq’s second main Gulf port. It is used to export cargoes of gas condensates …

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Protestors block way to Umm Qasr

Protesters have once again blocked the entrance to Iraq’s Umm Qasr commodities port near Basra, preventing employees and tankers from entering and bringing operations down by 50%, two port sources told Reuters on Monday. If the blockage goes on until the afternoon, operations will come to a complete halt, the …

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Solitary rocket hits Baghdad green zone

A rocket hit Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which houses embassies and government buildings, on Sunday but caused no casualties or major damage, two police sources said. Diplomatic sources said aerial bombardment sirens sounded after a blast. Source: Reuters

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Iraqi protests capture key bridge in Baghdad

Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said. Demonstrators also occupied a tall building overlooking the bridge, taking new ground in the center of the Iraqi capital after protests had appeared …

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Iraqi protestors won’t retreat

Wearing surgical masks, motorcycle helmets and clothes stained with blood and grime, they populate the protest barricades of Baghdad, chanting for the government to fall. Young Iraqis have been out in their thousands since mass anti-government protests kicked off on Oct. 1 in the capital and then quickly spread to …

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US now calling for early elections in Iraq

The United States has called on Iraq’s government to stop using violence against protesters, reform its electoral system and hold early elections, after weeks of unrest in which security forces have killed nearly 300 protesters. The protests that began on Oct. 1 were initially focused on a lack of jobs …

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Italian forces targeted in blast in Iraq

An explosive device was detonated in northern Iraq on Sunday as a vehicle carrying Italian special forces drove nearby, injuring five soldiers, three of them seriously, the Italian military said on Sunday. The attack happened near the city of Kirkuk. The wounded men were evacuated by U.S. helicopters to a …

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17 rockets strike near US base in Iraq

A barrage of 17 rockets landed near a military base hosting U.S. forces in northern Iraq on Friday but caused no injuries or major material damage, an Iraqi military statement said. A security source said the rockets landed near the Qayyara military base. The statement and the source did not …

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Iraqi authorities crack down on internet

Internet access in the capital Baghdad and much of Iraq has been cut off, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said late on Monday as the country experiences a wave of anti-government protests. “At the time of writing, national connectivity has fallen below 19% of normal levels sending tens of millions of …

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Turkey apprehends Baghdadi’s sister

Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained. Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official …

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Iraqis killed trying to break into Iraqi consulate

Three protesters were shot dead by Iraqi security forces who opened fire on a crowd trying to storm the Iranian consulate in the Shi’ite Muslim holy city of Kerbala overnight, security and medical sources said on Monday. The incident was the latest sign of anti-Iranian anger that has emerged during …

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Iraqi PM says protests are hurting the country

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi appealed on Sunday to protesters to help restore normal life across the country and said the unrest was costing the economy “billions of dollars”. More than 250 people have been killed since the protests in Baghdad and the south of the country started in …

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Um Qasr port closed as Iraqi protests spread

Thousands of protesters were blocking all roads leading to Iraq’s main Gulf port Umm Qasr on Saturday, after security forces used live rounds and tear gas on them overnight, security sources said. Operations at the port have been at a complete standstill since Wednesday, after protesters first blocked its entrance …

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Rocket hits Green Zone in Baghdad

A rocket fell inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone and killed one member of Iraq’s security forces on Wednesday, the military said in a brief statement. It did not elaborate. A rocket had been seen flying towards the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, and a blast …

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Iraqi PM on the way out

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s two main backers have agreed to work to remove him from office as protests against his government gained momentum in Baghdad and much of the Shi’ite south only to be met with violence. Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads parliament’s largest bloc, had …

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14 protestors shot by Iraqi security forces

Iraqi security forces killed at least 14 people in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala overnight after opening fire on protesters, medical and security sources said, in a return to tactics denounced by the government’s own internal inquiry. At least 865 people were wounded, the sources said. Three protesters died …

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France worried about revenge for Baghdadi death

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, in a letter to police prefects seen by Reuters, called on Sunday for increased vigilance to prevent possible revenge attacks following the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “… The possible intensification of jihadist propaganda following this death, which could possibly call for …

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Iran not optimistic about end of Islamic State

Iran said on Sunday the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will not mean the end of the group and its ideology, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei tweeted. “The killing of Baghdadi will not end Daesh (the Islamic State) and its ideology … which was created and flourished …

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Saudi channels suspended in Iraq as protests escalate

Iraq has suspended Saudi Arabian state-owned broadcasters Al-Hadath TV and Al Arabiya, Al-Hadath said on Saturday, amid renewed anti-government protests that saw scores killed over two days in clashes with security forces and militia groups. “The Iraqi government suspends the work of Al-Hadath and Al Arabiya,” Al-Hadath TV said on …

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Syrians told Iran Baghdadi was killed

Iran was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, two Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday. “Iran was informed about Baghdadi’s death by Syrian officials who got it from the field,” one of the officials said. The second Iranian official confirmed it. Source: …

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Baghdad ‘green zone’ new target of protestors

Iraqi security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to repel demomstrators on Friday morning who had marched towards government buildings in protest against corruption and economic hardship. The incident marked a renewal of the anti-government protests after security forces killed about 150 people in confronting a round of demonstrations …

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US troops in Syria headed to Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and “to help defend Iraq.” On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike …

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Pompeo sides with Iraq protestors

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to “exercise maximum restraint” and “address protesters’ grievances” after more than 100 people were killed in recent demonstrations, the State Department said on Tuesday. “The secretary lamented the tragic loss of life over the past few days …

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Iraq protests spread to Sadr City. deaths mount

At least 15 people were killed in clashes between Iraqi security forces and protesters overnight in Baghdad’s Sadr City district as violence from a week-long nationwide uprising swept through the vast, poor swathe of the capital for the first time. At least 110 people have been killed across Iraq in …

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Baghdad curfiew lifted after 72 die in protests

Iraqi authorities lifted a days-long curfew in Baghdad on Saturday that anti-government protesters had defied, as the toll from four days of violent unrest rose to 72 killed and hundreds injured. Traffic ran as normal through the Iraqi capital and streets and main squares were otherwise quiet. Concrete barriers blocked …

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Iraqi cleric urges police and protestors not to use violence

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric on Friday urged security forces and protesters not to use violence, and criticized Iraqi leaders for failing to eradicate corruption, blaming lawmakers in particular. “It is sorrowful that there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction” from days of clashes between anti-government protesters and security …

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Iraq put under national curfew as protests clampdown fails

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday declared a curfew in Baghdad until further notice after at least seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured during two days of nationwide anti-government protests. Curfews were imposed earlier in three southern cities while elite counter-terrorism troops opened fire …

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