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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...

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...

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...

Iraqi protester killed amid fresh clashes on Baghdad bridge

Nov. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An anti-government protester in Iraq was killed Sunday by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas cannister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge, security and medical officials said. At least 32 others were wounded in violent clashes with security forces, just hours after...

The Latest: Iraq official: Protester dies in bridge clashes

Nov. 17, 2019 12:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq’s anti-government protests (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Iraqi security and medical officials say a protester has been killed by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas cannister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge. The officials said 32 others were...

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...

In nod to protests, Iraq president calls for new voting law

Oct. 31, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president on Thursday called for the drafting of a new election law and said he would approve early elections once it is enacted, bowing to anti-government protesters while insisting that the sweeping changes they are demanding be carried out in a constitutional way. Iraq has seen two...

Rocket attack kills Iraqi soldier, adding to growing unrest

Oct. 31, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets were fired into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Wednesday, killing one Iraqi soldier and adding to the violence gripping the country amid unprecedented anti-government protests and a violent security crackdown. Security officials said one of the Katyusha rockets landed about...

The Latest: 1 soldier killed in Iraq rocket attack

Oct. 30, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Iraqi security officials say two rockets have been fired into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone area, killing one Iraqi soldier. At least one of the Katyusha rockets fired Wednesday night landed about 100 meters (110...