23 January 2020
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An anti-government activist was killed in Iraq's south by unidentified gunmen, amid a resurgence of rallies and road closures by protesters pressing authorities to implement long-awaited reforms. The youth-dominated movement is desperately trying to maintain momentum in the face of spiralling US-Iran tensions and a rival anti-American rally planned for Friday. But as they escalate their demonstrations, they have also faced a new wave of violence. Late Tuesday night, a female activist was killed by unidentified assailants as she was returning…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two protesters died in Iraq on Tuesday as police fought running street battles with anti-government demonstrators, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse stone-throwing youths demanding reform of what they see as a corrupt political system. A Reuters photographer saw one protester die after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by security forces on Baghdad’s Mohammed al-Qassim highway. Fellow protesters carried his body away in a tuk-tuk in clouds…
Three Iraqi protesters were killed in the capital as thousands of anti-government demonstrators sought to shut streets across the country on Monday, their deadline for authorities to implement long-awaited reforms.Rallies have rocked Iraq since October but fearing they would lose momentum amid spiralling regional tensions protesters last Monday told the government it had one week to meet their demands or they would escalate their demonstrations.Protesters sought to ramp up pressure on the government on Monday with pop-up rallies away from…
Protesters on Saturday burned the Hezbollah headquarters in Iraq which is located near the al-Iskan bridge in the Najaf province. They had deliberately closed the government departments in Najaf as the Monday deadline set by the popular movement of protesters in Iraq approached.The movement, seeking sweeping political reforms, and better jobs and services, had confirmed the resumption of protests in Iraq from Friday.The popular movement has also called for an escalation on January 20, with the expiry of the deadlines granted…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – During ongoing anti-government protests in the Iraqi capital on Friday, Iraqi security forces reportedly killed at least one demonstrator and wounded close to 25 others while shooting tear gas canisters into crowds to prevent them from crossing a bridge over the Tigris River that leads toward the fortified Green Zone. “Saboteurs attacked the barricades in the Sinak Bridge area and security forces have been using non-lethal methods to stop them for hours,” Reuters quoted a government…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces killed at least one protester and wounded 25 others on Friday when they launched tear gas canisters to break up a crowd trying to breach Baghdad’s Sinak bridge, security and medical sources told Reuters. The bridge is close to the capital’s central Tahrir Square where thousands have been camped out for months, with recent clashes causing the authorities to restrict access to the crossing. The protester died after a tear gas canister was launched…

Over 50 injured in Iraq protests Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:49

More than 50 Iraqis were injured in confrontations between protesters and security forces in the southern Iraqi governorate of Wasit, Anadolu Agency reported. A medical source in Wasit Health Directorate said local hospitals received and treated 59 wounded persons; 48 of whom were security personnel. According to the source, most of the injuries were minor. Clashes took place between students and riot police outside the University of Wasit in the city of Kut. Tensions have been on the rise in the Wasit…
AIN AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — American troops were informed of an impending missile barrage hours before their air base in Iraq was struck by Iran, U.S. military officials said Monday, days after the attack that marked a major escalation between the longtime foes. At 11 p.m. on Jan. 7, U.S. Lt. Col. Antoinette Chase gave the order for American troops at Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq, to go on lockdown. Military movements froze as her team,…
The US Embassy in Baghdad denounced on Saturday the “deplorable and cowardly” assassination of journalist Ahmed Abdel Samad and cameraman Safaa Ghali in Basra last night. “The ongoing assassinations, kidnappings, harassment, and intimidation of members of the press, social media activists, and pro-reform activists in Iraq by armed groups cannot continue to go unpunished,” the embassy’s statement said. The statement also held the Iraqi government accountable for upholding the right to freedom of expression, protecting journalists, and ensuring that peaceful activists can…
Iraq, January 11, 2020—Paramilitary forces with ties to the Iranian regime murdered an Iraqi journalist and his camera operator for criticizing the destructive role of the Iranian regime in his country. On Friday, Ahmad Abdul Samad, an Iraqi journalist working for Dijla TV in Basra, southern Iraq, posted a video on Facebook, protesting the role of Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF), an Iran-backed Shiite militia coalition, in attacking journalists and reporters who are giving coverage to nationwide protests in Iraq. Abdul Samad…
Hundreds of Iraqis on Saturday mourned two reporters shot dead the previous evening in the country's southern city of Basra, where they had been covering months of anti-government protests.Ahmad Abdessamad, a 37-year-old correspondent for local television station Al-Dijla, and his cameraman Safaa Ghali, 26, were killed late Friday, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) said.Hundreds marched through the streets of Basra carrying symbolic coffins, their pictures, and Iraqi flags.One mourner told AFP: "What happened was an attempt to scare people. But…
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