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“Tuk Tuk” a newspaper for the Iraqi protest movement

Nov. 20, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Every other day, the editor, bespectacled and perpetually pecking at a laptop, sends a top secret 8-page document to an anonymous printing house near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, a central plaza which has transformed into the hub of what has become the largest grassroots protest movement...

5 protesters dead in violence over key Baghdad squares

Nov. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas in renewed clashes with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, killing three people, while Iraq’s top Shiite religious leader warned its government to heed calls for sweeping political reforms. Separately, a...

Iraqi protesters defiant in face of deadly crackdown

Nov. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters said Wednesday that an intensifying crackdown by authorities has been instilling fear and reducing turnout, but said they were remaining defiant and have called for people to return to the street in large numbers later this week. Protesters told The Associated Press that...

Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry...

Iraqi forces kill 6 protesters, retake key Baghdad bridges

Nov. 9, 2019 2:54 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces killed six anti-government protesters and wounded more than 100 others on Saturday, pushing them back from three flashpoint bridges in central Baghdad, medical and security officials said. Five of the protesters were killed by live ammunition, while the sixth died after...

Iraqi spiritual leader warns of 'great risks' from protests

Nov. 8, 2019 12:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more than 250 people dead, saying the country faces "great risks" if it continues. The protests continued to...

Protests rattle the postwar order in Lebanon and Iraq

Oct. 25, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of people, many of them young and unemployed men, thronged public squares and blocked main streets Friday in the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon in unprecedented, spontaneous anti-government revolts in two countries scarred by long conflicts. Demonstrators in Iraq were beaten...

Iraqi police replacing army in volatile Baghdad neighborhood

Oct. 7, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Monday ordered the police to replace the army in a heavily populated Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad where dozens of people were killed or wounded in weekend clashes stemming from anti-government protests, the military said. Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi gave the...

Iraq blames 'malicious' hands as toll from unrest tops 100

Oct. 6, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Twelve anti-government demonstrators were killed Sunday in ongoing protests in the capital Baghdad, the latest fatalities in six days of clashes that have left more than 100 dead and thousands wounded. Iraq's government has scrambled to contain the popular anger that has racked Baghdad and a...

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

Oct. 4, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence "before it's too late." The latest deaths...