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October 2019 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- 101st brigade returns from ISIS fight after helping build up Iraqi Army Army News 31 Oct 2019 -- The commander of an infantry brigade that backed Iraqi forces in ridding the country of the ISIS caliphate remains optimistic on the future of the Iraqi Army as it continues to rebuild.
- Iraqi president says premier ready to quit, vows early poll after new election law passed Press TV 31 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi President Barham Salih says the country's embattled Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is ready to step down if a replacement is found, emphasizing that a snap parliamentary election will be held once a new electoral law is passed.
- Iraqi soldier killed in Katyusha attack on area near US embassy in Baghdad Press TV 30 Oct 2019 -- A Katyusha rocket has targeted a security checkpoint near the US embassy inside the highly secured Green Zone of Baghdad, killing an Iraqi soldier and wounding three other members of the security forces manning the checkpoint.
- Rocket Strikes Baghdad Green Zone as Anti-Government Protesters Mass VOA 30 Oct 2019 -- A rocket struck near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone on Wednesday, killing at least one Iraqi guard.
- Iraq protests: Crowds descend on Baghdad square defying curfew Press TV 30 Oct 2019 -- The Iraqi capital Baghdad has become the scene of the largest rally since a second wave of anti-government demonstrations began in several cities last week.
- Iraq protests: UN calls for national talks to break 'vicious cycle' of violence UN News 30 Oct 2019 -- The UN's most senior official in Iraq, visited protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, calling for "a national dialogue to identify prompt, meaningful responses to break the vicious cycle of violence" which has roiled the country during the past five days.
- No Quick Fixes for Iraq's Economic Woes VOA 30 Oct 2019 -- Iraqis took to the streets Wednesday in another day of protests over high unemployment, a lack of public services and alleged corruption. Some observers believe the ongoing demonstrations, which have left at least 250 people dead in recent weeks, could pave the way for real and badly-needed economic reforms in the oil-rich nation of nearly 40 million people.
- Death Toll From Iraqi Protests Up to 100 People, 5,500 Others Injured – Rights Commission Sputnik 31 Oct 2019 -- The number of people killed in the fresh wave of violent demonstrations in Iraq has climbed to 100 while 5,500 people have sustained injuries in the unrest, the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) has said.
- Protesters Killed In Renewed Iraq Unrest RFE/RL 29 Oct 2019 -- At least 14 people were killed and 865 wounded after Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters overnight in the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala, medical and security sources said on October 29.
- At Least 13 Dead, 865 Injured Overnight After Iraqi Police Opened Fire at Protesters - Reports Sputnik 29 Oct 2019 -- Mass rallies that began across the Middle Eastern country earlier this month have led to violent clashes between protesters and police, reportedly claiming the lives of around 250 Iraqis.
- Analysts Warn Iraq Precarious as Protests Persist VOA 29 Oct 2019 -- As hundreds of Iraqi protesters are hunkered down in Baghdad's central Tahrir Square and other provinces, analysts say the country is facing a precarious moment, one which bold and concrete action is needed from the government. But can and will Iraq's leadership deliver? A renewed wave of anti-government demonstrations has seen at least 250 killed and more than 4,000 wounded this month. Teachers and lawyers' unions, even Planning Ministry employees, are joining young protesters.
- US Forces to Remain in Syria to Fight Daesh, Protect Oil Fields - Esper Sputnik 28 Oct 2019 -- US forces in Syria will continue to counter Daesh* operations with its partners and further maintain its existing mission to protect oil fields there from the terror group, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said during a press conference.
- US Flew Through Non-Controlled Airspace for Baghdadi Raid - Pompeo Sputnik 28 Oct 2019 -- The US special operations troops flew through non-US controlled airspace to conduct the raid on the compound of former Daesh* terror group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
- US military convoys cross back into Syria from Iraq: Observatory Press TV 28 Oct 2019 -- The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says several columns of US forces have crossed through the al-Walid border crossing point between Iraq and Syria and been redeployed in bases in north and northeast Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump's earlier order to withdraw all troops from the country.
- Mortar rounds hit US military base north of Iraqi capital Press TV 28 Oct 2019 -- An Iraqi security source says three mortar rounds have hit a military base north of the country's capital, Baghdad, where US troops are deployed.
- Two Rockets Hit US Military Stronghold in Baghdad - Reports Sputnik 28 Oct 2019 -- Two rockets fell on the Taji Camp north of Baghdad where US military personnel is stationed, the Sky News Arabia reported on Monday, citing Iraqi security sources.
- Protesters Gather in Streets Despite Overnight Curfew in Baghdad VOA 28 Oct 2019 -- Student protesters honked car horns and blared loud music in the streets of Baghdad on Monday night, appearing to defy the army and ignore an overnight curfew.
- Iraqi parliament passes measures to meet anti-govt. protesters' demands Press TV 28 Oct 2019 -- The Iraqi parliament has taken steps, including changing the country's Constitution and ending official perks, in order to meet the demands of anti-government protesters and prevent growing violence in the country
- Iraq imposes curfew in Baghdad amid ongoing anti-government protests Press TV 28 Oct 2019 -- Iraq has imposed a curfew in the capital Baghdad as renewed anti-government protests which were initially peaceful but later turned deadly entered a fourth day.
- New protests hit Iraq as UN envoy warns of infiltration Press TV 28 Oct 2019 -- Students and schoolchildren have joined protests in the capital Baghdad and cities in southern Iraq, defying the education minister who had warned them against partaking in the unrest.
- Protests in Iraq US Dept. of State 27 Oct 2019 -- "The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and calls on all sides to reject the cycle of violence. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed during the demonstrations this weekend. We mourn the loss of life and wish those injured a swift and full recovery."
- Iraq unrest Day 3: Counter-terror forces deployed Press TV 27 Oct 2019 -- Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have returned to the streets of the capital Baghdad to begin the third day of what began as peaceful protests against corruption but soon turned into a deadly unrest to bring down the government.
- Iraqi PM Sends Counter-Terror Force To Put Down Street Protests RFE/RL 27 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has ordered the country's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) to help put down anti-government protests that have rocked the country over the past weeks, Western news agencies are reporting.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Orders Counterterrorist Forces to Baghdad Amid Mass Protests Sputnik 27 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered for the country's elite counterterrorist forces to be deployed in several districts of Baghdad to guard the premises of state institutions amid ongoing violent protests, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service said in a statement on Sunday.
- Iraqi PM Orders Counter-Terrorism Service to Use 'All Necessary Measures' to End Protests - Report Sputnik 27 Oct 2019 -- The protests in Iraq began on 1 October but were suspended in mid-October for pilgrimage before resuming on Friday. According to the state's High Commission for Human Rights, since the beginning of the second wave, 63 people have been killed across the country.
- Number of Syrian refugees crossing into Iraq increases significantly: UN People's Daily 26 Oct 2019 -- The number of refugees crossing the border from northeastern Syria into Iraq has increased significantly in recent days after Turkish military operations in the area, the United Nations warned.
- Watchdog Says At Least 63 Protesters Killed In Two Days Of Violence In Iraq RFE/RL 26 Oct 2019 -- At least 63 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces across Iraq during two days of demonstrations against corruption and economic hardships, a rights watchdog said on October 26.
- Iraq's top Shia cleric calls on police, protesters to keep demonstrations peaceful Press TV 25 Oct 2019 -- Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on protesters and security forces to keep anti-government demonstrations peaceful, amid reports of numerous casualties in recent clashes between the two sides.
- Iraqi PM says protests allowed but violence not tolerated Press TV 25 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has reaffirmed people's right to protest but warned against violence as thousands of people across the country prepare to partake in massive anti-government demonstrations planned for Friday.
- Two Dozen Killed In Renewed Iraqi Protests RFE/RL 25 Oct 2019 -- At least 24 people were killed in fresh protests in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and other cities in the south of the country, a national rights watchdog says.
- Second Protester Dies in Baghdad, Over 350 Wounded - Police and Hospital Sources Sputnik 25 Oct 2019 -- Earlier on Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said he would carry out a cabinet reshuffle and change election laws amid a wave of anti-government protests.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Pledges Cabinet Reshuffle, Electoral Law Amendment Amid Protests Sputnik 25 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that he will carry out a cabinet reshuffle and introduce changes to election laws amid a new wave of anti-government protests beginning early on Friday.
- U.S. defense secretary denies U.S. troops withdrawn from Syria to stay in Iraq People's Daily 24 Oct 2019 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday denied that the U.S. troops withdrawn from neighboring Syria would stay in Iraq, said a statement by Iraqi Prime Minister's media office.
- US Defense Secretary in Iraq to Discuss Troop Reassignment VOA 23 Oct 2019 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad Wednesday for talks with Iraqi officials about the arrival of U.S. troops recently withdrawn from northern Syria.
- US Defence Secretary Esper Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraqi Capital of Baghdad Amid Syria Pullout - Reports Sputnik 23 Oct 2019 -- Pentagon Chief Mark Esper has been paying unofficial visits to Middle Eastern countries since 18 October. He will reportedly get updates on the current operations in the region and then will head to the NATO ministry in Brussels where he will meet with his Turkish counterparts and discuss the campaign to defeat the Daesh* terrorist group.
- Pentagon chief visits Baghdad as US troops leave Syria for Iraq Press TV 23 Oct 2019 -- US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has paid an unannounced visit to Baghdad for high-level talks, days after Washington withdrew its military forces from Syria into Iraq.
- Esper Visits Iraq As U.S. Troops Withdraw From Syria RFE/RL 23 Oct 2019 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has traveled to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi officials as the United States withdraws troops from northeastern Syria through Iraq.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting With the Prime Minister of Iraq Adel Abd-al-Mahdi DoD 23 Oct 2019
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting With Iraqi Minister of Defense Najah al-Shammary DoD 23 Oct 2019
- US forces leaving Syria not allowed to stay in Iraq: PM Press TV 23 Oct 2019 -- Iraq's prime minister has made it clear that American forces redeploying from neighboring Syria into the Arab country don't have permission to stay.
- Iraqi PM Announces International Legal Action After US Moves Forces to Its Territory From Syria Sputnik 23 Oct 2019 -- Vast numbers of American troops left northern Syria earlier this month, after the launch of Operation Peace Spring by Ankara. According to various reports, up to 100 US military vehicles left Syria to avoid Turkey's offensive.
- The Political History of the Kurds VOA 22 Oct 2019 -- The Kurds are one of the indigenous people of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands, areas that today are contained within southeastern Turkey, northeastern Syria, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran and southwestern Armenia.
- US Troops Will not Remain in Iraq 'Interminably' after Withdrawal from Syria - Pentagon Chief Sputnik 22 Oct 2019 -- In the largest scale withdrawal of US forces from Syria to date, hundreds of trucks carrying US troops formed a massive convoy and crossed from Syria into Iraq on Monday amid a five-day armistice agreed by Washington and Ankara in the wake of Turkey's offensive in Syria.
- US forces move 1,500 Daesh women from Syria to Iraq amid Turkish offensive: Report Press TV 22 Oct 2019 -- US military forces have reportedly transferred more than 1,500 female members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from Syria to neighboring Iraq in the wake of a ground offensive by Turkish troops and their allied militants against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
- US troops withdrawing from Syria have no permission to stay in Iraq: Military Press TV 22 Oct 2019 -- The Iraqi military says US forces that have crossed into Iraq as part of a pullout from Syria do not have permission to stay on Iraqi soil and can only be there if they are later being transported out of the country.
- Daesh attack kills high-profile police cmdr. in north-central Iraq Press TV 22 Oct 2019 -- Daesh Takfiri terrorists have killed a distinguished security official in Iraq's north-central province of Salahuddin as army troopers, backed by pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, are trying to flush the last remnants of the extremist outfit out of the crisis-hit Arab country.
- Iraqi Inquiry Says 157 People Killed In Anti-Government Protests RFE/RL 22 Oct 2019 -- A total of 157 people were killed in recent anti-government protests in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, an official investigation has found.
- US Military Crosses Into Iraq From Syria VOA 21 Oct 2019 -- The United States is keeping some troops near oil fields U.S. troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria.
- Two Iraqi forces killed in Daesh attacks on security checkpoints Press TV 21 Oct 2019 -- The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group's attacks on two security checkpoints in northern Iraq have killed two security forces and wounded three others, according to the Iraqi military.
- US Sending Troops Based in Syria to Iraq, Defense Chief Says VOA 20 Oct 2019 -- U.S. troops withdrew from their largest base in northern Syria Sunday, with defense chief Mark Esper saying all American forces leaving Syria would be deployed to western Iraq to carry out anti-terrorist operations against Islamic State.
- Group of Trucks Enters Syria From Iraq to Evacuate US Servicemen – Reports Sputnik 20 Oct 2019 -- A group of trucks crossed on Sunday the Iraqi-Syrian border to evacuate US troops from the northern part of Syria, SANA reports said.
- Cruising Around: US Troops Leaving Syria to Head for Iraq Sputnik 20 Oct 2019 -- The US secretary of defence has shared with journalists that the US troops, who, as Donald Trump argued the other day, should finally come home, are not actually doing so.
- US troops leaving Syria will move to Iraq: Pentagon Press TV 20 Oct 2019 -- US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says all of the American troops pulling out of northeastern Syria will move to western Iraq.
- US forces transferring Daesh terrorists from Syria to Iraq: Report Press TV 20 Oct 2019 -- US military forces are transporting to safe sanctuaries hundreds of members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from the desert region of al-Jazirah in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah to neighboring Iraq, a report says.
- US Forces Evacuating Wives of Daesh Militants From Syria's Northeastern Al-Hawl Camp - Reports Sputnik 20 Oct 2019 -- US troops are evacuating wives of Daesh* terrorists from the Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria amid the Turkish offensive in the Arab country, Ikhbariya broadcaster reported on Sunday.
- Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety UN News 18 Oct 2019 -- Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.
- US transferring Daesh inmates to Iraq from Syria: Report Press TV 18 Oct 2019 -- US President Donald Trump's decision to pull American troops out of Syria seems to be linked to the escape of Daesh elements from jails in the north of the Arab country, which can finally result in the regrouping of the notorious Takfiri terrorist outfit, a media report says.
- US grants Iraq sanctions waiver for gas, electricity imports from Iran Press TV 17 Oct 2019 -- The US has once again exempted Iraq from its sanctions against the Islamic Republic, allowing the Arab country to continue gas and electricity imports from Iran for another four-month period.
- Iraq Detains Several Daesh Members Who Fled From Syria – Defence Minister Sputnik 17 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Defense Minister Najah Hassan Ali Shammari said on Thursday the country's authorities had detained several members of the Daesh* terror group who fled from Syria.
- Dying While Waiting: U.S. Government Ordered To Resolve Visa Issues For Afghan, Iraqi Allies RFE/RL 15 Oct 2019 -- When Sakhidad started working as a translator for the U.S. military in Afghanistan at the age of 19, he hoped his "faithful and valuable" service would earn him a special U.S. immigrant visa and eventual U.S. citizenship.
- Baghdad Provincial Council elects new governor after deadly protests Press TV 14 Oct 2019 -- The Provincial Council of Baghdad has elected Mohammed Jaber al-Atta as the new governor of the Iraqi capital province, one week after the former head stepped down in the wake of demonstrations against corruption, staggering youth unemployment and poor public services.
- Top Iraqi Shia cleric urges Baghdad to properly investigate protest deaths Press TV 11 Oct 2019 -- Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on the Baghdad government to launch a thorough investigation into the wave of violence during recent protests against corruption, staggering youth unemployment and poor public services, which started in the capital and then spread to other cities.
- Iraqi Cleric Sistani Blames Government For Protests Deaths, Sets Probe Deadline RFE/RL 11 Oct 2019 -- Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has blamed the government for the "bloodshed" during recent unrest on Iraqi streets, and gave Baghdad two weeks to release the findings of a probe into the 104 deaths recorded during the protests since October 1.
- Iraqi PM vows to reshuffle cabinet, probe into killings Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has promised to reshuffle his cabinet, launch a probe into the killing of protesters, and punish those who shot the demonstrators.
- Iraq unveils new set of reforms to meet protesters' demands Press TV 08 Oct 2019 -- The Iraqi government has submitted a new series of reforms in an effort to respond to protests against corruption, staggering youth unemployment and poor public services, which started in the capital Baghdad last week and then spread to other cities.
- Iraq's Salih calls for national dialog, deplores attacks on protesters, security forces Press TV 08 Oct 2019 -- Iraq's President Barham Salih has condemned as "unacceptable'' the recent acts of violence targeting protesters, journalists and security forces amid a spate of unrest gripping the Arab country, warning against foreign attempts to fish in troubled waters.
- Iraqi President Condemns Attacks on Protesters VOA 08 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi President Barham Salih has condemned attacks on anti-government protesters and media after a week of demonstrations and related clashes left more than 100 people dead and 6,000 wounded.
- Iraq says all evidence points to 'malicious hands' in protests Press TV 07 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi officials say there are "malicious hands" behind the killing of both protesters and security forces during the recent spate of unrest in Baghdad and some other cities.
- Iraqi President Condemns Violence, Vows Steps Toward Reform RFE/RL 07 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi President Barham Salih has condemned violence against protesters after more than 100 people were killed in less than a week during antigovernment demonstrations across the country.
- Iraqi Leaders Seek Talks with Demonstrators to Diffuse Protests VOA 07 Oct 2019 -- Minor protests were reported Monday in parts of the capital, Baghdad, and elsewhere across the country, as Iraq's political leaders tried to head off further bloody clashes between security forces and crowds of mostly young demonstrators.
- Iraq Pledges Accountability for Security Forces in Protest Violence VOA 07 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi authorities pledged Monday to hold accountable any members of the security forces who "acted wrongly" in dealing with anti-government protesters.
- Attempts to Sow Discord Between Iran and Iraq Doomed to Failure – Khamenei Sputnik 07 Oct 2019 -- Millions of Muslims from Iran will soon take part in a joint pilgrimage to the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala to attend the religious observance of Arba'een in order to commemorate the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam. In the meantime, the death toll in Iraq's anti-government protests has already climbed to over 100 people.
- Baghdad governor quits amid demonstrations in Iraqi capital Press TV 06 Oct 2019 -- The governor of the Iraqi capital province of Baghdad, Fallah al-Jazairi, has stepped down in the wake of demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services in the country.
- Iraqi government vows to carry out series of planned reforms Press TV 06 Oct 2019 -- The Iraqi government has pledged to carry out a series of planned reforms following an "extraordinary" session and several days after sporadic protests against alleged economic difficulties started in the Arab country.
- Iraqi Authorities: More Than 100 Killed, Thousands Wounded In Protests RFE/RL 06 Oct 2019 -- At least 104 people have been killed in less than a week of anti-government protests in Iraq, the country's Interior Ministry said on October 6.
- 'This Must Stop' -- UN Official Condemns Iraqi Violence As Protest Death Toll Nears 100 RFE/RL 06 Oct 2019 -- A top United Nations official condemned violence related to protests in Iraq, saying that "this must stop" after the reported five-day death toll surged to near 100 people.
- 104 People Killed in Iraq Protests, More Than 6,000 Injured - Interior Ministry Sputnik 06 Oct 2019 -- Waid news agency reported earlier in the day that about 113 people were killed in anti-government protests that have been sweeping Iraq since 1 October, while over 4,100 people were injured.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi Agrees to Cabinet Reshuffle Amid Protests - Reports Sputnik 06 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani earlier urged the government to take measures for fighting corruption and called upon protesters and security servicemen to refrain from violence.
- UN Calls For Prosecution of Perpetrators of Violence During Protests in Iraq Sputnik 06 Oct 2019 -- The special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, called on Saturday for the prosecution of perpetrators of violence during ongoing protests in the country.
- Death Toll from Iraqi Protests Rises to Over 100 VOA 06 Oct 2019 -- The death toll in Iraq from six days of clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces rose to 104 people on Sunday, as demonstrations continued into another day.
- Iranian, Iraqi nation connected through faith, enemy plot to sow discord will fail: Leader Press TV 06 Oct 2019 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that the Iranian and Iraqi nations are connected through faith and that an enemy plot seeking to sow discord between the two will fail.
- Death toll rises to 93 as violent protests engulf Iraq Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- Death toll from four days of violent protests in Iraqi capital Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces climbed to 93 with nearly 4,000 people wounded, a member of the Iraqi human rights body said on Saturday.
- Iraq authorities lift curfew as normalcy returns to streets of Baghdad Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi authorities have lifted a days-long curfew in Baghdad as normalcy returns to the streets of the country's capital.
- Death Toll in Iraq Protests Climbs to Nearly 100 VOA 05 Oct 2019 -- Iraq security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators Saturday, killing 19 and wounding dozens in Baghdad alone on the fifth day of anti-government protests to rock the country.
- Iraqi parliament speaker vows housing, healthcare reform Press TV 04 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi has vowed to implement plans to generate housing, employment and health "within a time frame", a few days after sporadic protests against alleged corruption erupted across the Arab country.
- Iraq's top Shia cleric urges security forces, protesters to avoid violence Press TV 04 Oct 2019 -- Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the top Shia cleric of Iraq, has urged security forces and protesters to avoid violence, expressing sorrow over some sporadic unrest that has led to several casualties.
- Iraqi PM says ready to meet protesters, pledges change Press TV 04 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has expressed regret that the ongoing protests in the country have become violent, saying he is ready to meet with the organizers to discuss their demands.
- Prominent Shi'ite Cleric Calls For Iraqi Government's Resignation RFE/RL 04 Oct 2019 -- Prominent Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called for the government to resign and for early elections as protests intensified across the country.
- Nine More People Killed In Iraq Protests Despite PM's Call For Calm RFE/RL 04 Oct 2019 -- Nine more Iraqis have reportedly been killed in anti-government protests, bringing this week's overall death toll to 42, mainly in the predominantly Shi'ite south.
- Death Toll From Unrest in Iraq Up to 31 People, Almost 1,200 People Injured – Source Sputnik 04 Oct 2019 -- The number of people killed in unrest in Iraq rose to 31, while almost 1,200 people have been wounded, a source in the country's High Commission for Human Rights said.
- UN expresses concern following wave of street protests in Iraq and elsewhere UN News 04 Oct 2019 -- Authorities in Iraq have been urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, to allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of expression after the security forces opened fire on mass anti-government protests which began earlier this week.
- Influential Iraqi Cleric Calls on Government to Resign Over Protests VOA 04 Oct 2019 -- One of Iraq's most influential clerics has called for Iraq's government to resign as anti-government protesters gathered in Baghdad for a fourth day of demonstrations against unemployment, poor public services and corruption.
- UN Condemns Iraq's Deadly Crackdown Against Protesters VOA 04 Oct 2019 -- The office of the U.N. high commissioner for human rights has harshly criticized Iraq's deadly crackdown on people protesting against corruption, lack of jobs and basic services, including electricity and clean water.
- Iraqi Forces Fire on Anti-Government Protesters in Baghdad VOA 04 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi security forces opened fired on anti-government protesters gathering in Baghdad Friday for a fourth day of demonstrations against unemployment, poor public services and corruption.
- US-Led Coalition Says No Facilities Struck by Blasts in Baghdad's Green Zone Sputnik 03 Oct 2019 -- The US-led international coalition fighting against the Daesh* terror group said none of its facilities had been hit by blasts that rocked the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
- Iraq declares curfew in Baghdad to protect residents Press TV 03 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has declared a curfew in the capital, Baghdad, until further notice as protests continue against alleged economic problems.
- Death Toll Rises To 28 As Protests Spread Across Southern Iraq RFE/RL 03 Oct 2019 -- The death toll from mass protests in Iraq against corruption and unemployment has risen to 28 as turmoil spreads to the south of the country.
- Eleven People Killed in Iraq Protests - Reports Sputnik 03 Oct 2019 -- Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi announced a curfew across the capital of Baghdad on Thursday amid large-scale anti-government protests.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Declares Curfew in Baghdad Amid Protests - Reports Sputnik 03 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced a curfew across the capital of Baghdad beginning at 05:00 a.m. (02:00 GMT) on Thursday amid large anti-government protests that have rocked the city, local media reported.
- Iraq's Violent Protests Raise Fears About Country's Future VOA 03 Oct 2019 -- At least 27 people have been killed and hundreds injured following anti-government protests this week in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and other cities.
- Security Forces Shoot at Iraqi Protesters on Third Day of Demonstrations VOA 03 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi security forces appeared to shoot at demonstrators Thursday during a third day of protests against corruption and unemployment. Demonstrators appeared to flout a curfew imposed by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to try and keep crowds from congregating near Baghdad's "Green Zone," where many government officials reside.
- Death Toll Rises, Hundreds Hurt in Iraq Anti-Government Protests VOA 03 Oct 2019 -- Six people were killed during anti-government protests in Iraq Thursday, raising the death toll to at least 27, authorities said.
- Iraqi Hashd al-Sha'abi to retaliate against Israel for attacks: Top cmdr. Press TV 01 Oct 2019 -- A high-ranking commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUS) says Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's confirmation of the Israeli regime's responsibility for a string of attacks on positions of the Iraqi pro-government forces makes retaliation legitimate.
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