Gunfights breakout in southern Iraq as protests spread nationwide

Almost Heaven

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunfights between protesters and security forces broke out in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya on Wednesday, with elite counter-terrorism troops deploying after police “lost control” of the situation, police sources told Reuters.

Two protesters had been killed in the city on Wednesday and one on Tuesday after police opened fire to disperse protests.

Five people were killed overall and at least 132 wounded on Wednesday in renewed nationwide clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, the largest display of public anger against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government.


Domestic instability coupled with regional tensions could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of Abdul Mahdi’s fragile coalition government, sworn in last year as a compromise between rival factions after an inconclusive election.

The protests, which started on Tuesday over unemployment, corruption, and poor public services, have escalated, with many chanting for the “fall of the regime”, a slogan first popularized during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

“We are demanding a change, we want the downfall of the whole government,” said one protester in Baghdad who declined to identify himself for fear of reprisal.


Five people were killed or died from their wounds on Wednesday, taking the toll to at least seven as at least two people were killed and 200 wounded on Tuesday.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said one child was killed on Wednesday when a protester threw a bottle filled with gasoline at a vehicle carrying civilian passengers in Baghdad. Another was killed in the southern city of Emara and one protester died of wounds sustained on Tuesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/gunfights-breakout-in-southern-iraq-as-protests-spread-nationwide-idUSKBN1WH0YF
 

greg64

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Just checked some of the osint twitter feeds on this -- seems to be a lot going on both in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq. Just saw reports of internet service cut across much of Iraq and live fire being used around the Baghdad airport.

Let's see... we've got Trump's drama here, Boris' in Great Britain, Netanyahu's in Israel, Iraq starting to fall apart, Iran being Iran everywhere, Saudis and Houthis, Pakistan and India on the brink in Kashmir, and Hong Kong demonstrations getting worse. And it's only Wednesday. Did I miss any major ongoing crises?
 

OnlyHim

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Just checked some of the osint twitter feeds on this -- seems to be a lot going on both in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq. Just saw reports of internet service cut across much of Iraq and live fire being used around the Baghdad airport.

Let's see... we've got Trump's drama here, Boris' in Great Britain, Netanyahu's in Israel, Iraq starting to fall apart, Iran being Iran everywhere, Saudis and Houthis, Pakistan and India on the brink in Kashmir, and Hong Kong demonstrations getting worse. And it's only Wednesday. Did I miss any major ongoing crises?
Id say there is a little unrest in the world these days... Wars and rumors of wars anyone? Nation against nation? Now where have I read that....
 
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