Latest Iraq government News

Iraqi state forces, militia man checkpoints after bloodshed

Dec. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Sunday set up checkpoints and manned them alongside unarmed members of a militia group, Iraqi police officials said, to protect anti-government protesters in central Baghdad plazas, two days after a deadly attack by unknown gunmen. The militia group, Saraya Salam or...

Iraqi officials raise toll to 25 killed in Baghdad bloodshed

Dec. 7, 2019 5:14 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters wielding a blood-drenched flag returned to Baghdad's central plaza on Saturday after a night of bloody attacks that left 25 people dead and more than 130 wounded. Storm clouds gathered over Khilani Square as the protesters surveyed the blackened facade of a...

15 killed in Iraqi capital as assailants fire live rounds

Dec. 6, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad's Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques to...

Iran consulate in Iraq burns a 3rd time, amid premier talks

Dec. 3, 2019 5:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — 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 Ain al-Asad airbase, a sprawling...

With prime minister out, Iraq in constitutional ‘black hole’

Dec. 1, 2019 3:26 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s parliament on Sunday formally accepted the prime minister’s resignation, but the path to replacing Adil Abdul-Mahdi was clouded with legal questions that one lawmaker described as a “black hole in the constitution,” which does not clearly spell out the next...

Iraqi PM formally submits resignation amid more violence

Nov. 30, 2019 6:13 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — 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 or accept...

Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests

Nov. 29, 2019 3:43 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A day after more than 40 protesters were killed by security forces, Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday that he would submit his resignation to parliament, a step that carried uncertainty for the entire government and stirred fears of a possible political crisis. The move by Adel...

The Latest: 4 more anti-government Iraqi protesters killed

Nov. 29, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 10 p.m. Iraqi officials say four protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, hours after Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to resign. Security and hospital officials say one...

Iraq’s prime minister says he will submit his official resignation to Parliament following day of bloodshed

Nov. 29, 2019 7:40 AM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says he will submit his official resignation to Parliament following day of bloodshed .

40 Iraqi protesters slain in 24 hours as violence spirals

Nov. 28, 2019 4:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters during 24 hours of bloodshed amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said Thursday, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched. Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in...