13 December 2019
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WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its military presence in the Middle East to counter emerging threats to American interests, including attacks on oil tankers and facilities that intelligence officials have blamed on Iran. Since…
Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights said the death toll of anti-establishment protests over the past two months has increased to 460 dead and more than 17,000 wounded. Iraqi media quoted Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Commission, as saying “at least 460 demonstrators were killed during the months of October and November across central and southern provinces, including the capital Baghdad”. Al-Bayati said more than 17,400 protesters had been injured; 3,000 of them will suffer from permanent disabilities…
Anti-government protesters in the holy city of Najaf burned tires and hurled them toward the main gate of the Iranian consulate The incident came after hours of tense standoff with security forces earlier Tuesday when protesters surrounded a key shrine in Najaf BAGHDAD: Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime minister following weeks of widespread unrest. Five rockets landed inside…

New Protester Deaths Despite Order Not to Fire Wednesday, 04 December 2019 22:19

(Beirut) – Security forces across Iraq are using lethal force against protesters despite orders to stop, Human Rights Watch said today. The orders to stop using live ammunition were issued by Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, who resigned as prime minister on November 29, 2019, but remains in office in a caretaker status. The authorities should take urgent measures to stop security forces from using excessive force against protesters. On December 1, Iraq’s parliament accepted Abd Al-Mahdi’s resignation, due to the ongoing demonstrations. The contrast between his statements…
Briefing from Baghdad, Special Envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that “out of love for their homeland”, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets, asking for their country to reach its “full potential for the benefit of all Iraqis”. “However”, she lamented “they are paying an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard”, pointing out that since 1 October, over 400 people have been killed and more than 19,000 injured. She explained that although today’s youth has no recollection of life under…
Abdel Mahdi said he would submit resignation following spike in the death toll among protesters Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Najaf for second time in a week BAGHDAD: Iraqi protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate in Najaf on Sunday for the second time in a week, as demonstrations continued despite the confirmation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s resignation.More than 420 people have been killed in a violent Iranian-orchestrated response to two months of protests against corruption,…
Police in Iraq’s mostly Shi’ite southern city of Najaf say antigovernment protesters have set fire to the Iranian Consulate in the restive city for the second time in a week. The arson attack on December 1 came as Iraqis continue taking to the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's Shi'ite-majority south to demand more jobs, an end to endemic corruption, and improved public services. The arson attack occurred despite the approval by Iraq’s parliament on December 1 of the resignation of…
Dozens have been shot dead by security forces in latest escalation of violence since protesters torched Iranian consulate in Najaf Students in the northern city of Mosul marked a moment of silence on Sunday in remembrance of protesters killed by security forces in the southern cities of Najaf and Nasiriyah. Dozens have been shot dead by security forces in the latest escalation of violence across Iraq since protesters torched the Iranian consulate in Najaf late on Wednesday. Students and teachers…
BAGHDAD - Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 others were wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament.  Lawmakers were expected to either vote or accept outright Abdul-Mahdi's resignation letter in a parliamentary session Sunday, two members of parliament said.  The prime minister announced Friday that he would hand parliament his resignation amid mounting pressure from mass anti-government protests, a…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi protesters set fire to the entrance of a shrine in the southern holy city of Najaf on Saturday and security forces fired tear gas to disperse them, police and a demonstrator at the scene said, risking more bloodshed after a rare day of calm. The demonstrator sent a video to Reuters of a doorway to the Hakim shrine blazing as protesters cheered and filmed it on their mobile phones. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.…
Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 others wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament. Lawmakers were expected to either vote on or accept outright Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation letter in a parliamentary session Sunday, two members of parliament said. The prime minister announced Friday he would hand parliament his resignation amid mounting pressure from mass anti-government protests, a day after more…

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