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    Several killed as Iraq protests escalate, spread nationwide
    Reports of curfews in southern cities and nationwide internet access largely cut off as anti-gov't rallies turn violent.

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    At least three protesters and one policeman have been killed in Iraq's southern city of Nasiriya, according to a monitoring group, after nationwide anti-government protests devolved into violence that saw security forces fire live rounds and tear gas for a second straight day.


    The deaths on Wednesday came a day after at least two protesters - one in the capital, Baghdad, and one in Nasiriya - were killed and hundreds of people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters angry at unemployment, corruption and poor public services.

    The nationwide rallies are the largest display of public anger against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's year-old government.

    Mustafa Saadoon, director of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera three protesters and one policeman were killed in Nasiriya during clashes on Wednesday. At least 78 people were also wounded, he said.

    News agencies quoted medical and security sources as saying that the death toll over the past two days stood at nine. The figure could not be independently verified.

    Later on Wednesday, authorities deployed counterterrorism troops in Nasiriya after police "lost control" when gun battles erupted between protesters and security forces, police sources told Reuters news agency. Curfews were later imposed in Nasiriya and two other southern cities, Amara and Hilla, they added.

    Meanwhile, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said online coverage had been cut off across much of the country, including Baghdad, with connectivity falling below 70 percent.

    Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment in Najaf [Haidar Hamdani/AFP]
    In the capital, Tahrir Square was sealed off on Wednesday by heavily armed soldiers and dozens of riot policemen, with some demonstrators gathering around the edges. Hundreds of protesters, including university graduates, had rallied there on Tuesday.

    Protesters on Wednesday also took to the streets in al-Shaab in north Baghdad and Zafaraniya in the south, with riot police attempting to disperse them with tear gas and live rounds fired in the air.

    "I came out today in support of my brothers in Tahrir Square," Abdallah Walid told AFP news agency in Zafaraniya, where protesters were burning tyres on streets lined with riot police vehicles.

    "We want jobs and better public services. We've been demanding them for years and the government has never responded," the 27-year-old said.

    AFP, citing medical sources, said some 60 people were wounded across the capital, including nine from bullet wounds.

    "All throughout the evening, we've been hearing the sound of gun fire and sirens," said Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad. The demonstrations have spread to several cities across the country, with demonstrators in Najaf reportedly setting fire to government buildings, he said.

    The Iraqi government has been taken by surprise over the size of the rallies, which were mostly organised on social media, he said, adding: "The government appears to be very concerned about these protests spreading. They are restricting live broadcasts from the protest scene, as well as social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter."

    Iraqi police open fire to disperse new protests in Baghdad (2:01)
    Meanwhile, protesters tried to break into the municipality building in the eastern city of Kut, while hundreds took to the streets of Hilla and Diwaniya, according to Reuters.

    Thousands gathered in the oil-rich southern city of Basra in front of the provincial administration building but so far protests there were peaceful.

    Peaceful protests were also reported in Samawa, while small rallies were held in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Tikrit, as well as in the eastern province of Diyala, Reuters reported.

    Anti-government protesters gather in front of the governor's office in Kirkuk, Iraq on October 02, 2019 [Anadolu]
    Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday chaired an emergency meeting of the national security council, which later issued a statement regretting deaths and injuries on both sides during Tuesday's protests and affirming the right to protest and freedom of expression. It made no mention of Wednesday's protests.

    "The council affirms the right to protest, freedom of expression, and the protesters' legitimate demands, but at the same time condemns the acts of vandalism that accompanied the protests," it said.

    Appropriate measures to protect citizens, as well as public and private property would be taken, it added.

    All military units were placed on high alert, the defence ministry said.

    In a statement on Tuesday, the prime minister had promised jobs for unemployed graduates and instructed the oil ministry and other government bodies to start including a 50 percent quota for local workers in subsequent contracts with foreign companies.

    According to the World Bank, youth unemployment in Iraq is more than 20 percent.

    Iraqi protestors in Basra shout slogans during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on October 2, 2019 [Hussein Faleh/ AFP]
    Ali al-Nashmi, professor of international relations at the Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, described the latest protests as the "most serious we have seen yet".

    "The protesters are raising many slogans - they want jobs, they want to fight against corruption, they want electricity. They don’t have one slogan or one leader. They are looking for everything. And they are not followers of a specific religious or political party. Therefore it will be difficult to control or negotiate with them."

    Late on Wednesday, Moqtada al-Sadr, a powerful Shia leader who has led previous demonstrations, called for "peaceful protests and a general strike" after calling for a probe into the violence.

    Yusuf Alabarda, an analyst based in Turkey's Ankara, called the situation in Iraq "very fragile".

    "This is a war-torn country, very close to being a failed state. And there are rivalries among United States, Iran and Turkey. And for these reasons, the situation inside Iraq is very fragile," he told Al Jazeera.

    However, "in the short term, this government will not be able to alter the economic situation," he said. "But changing governments will not help fight against economic issues, corruption, terrorism or the security threats."

    The United Nations expressed concern over the violence and urged calm, with the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, reaffirming in a statement the right to protest.

    Iraq's President Barham Salih, in a post on Twitter late on Tuesday, also reminded security forces that "peaceful protest is a constitutional right". He added: "Our young Iraqi children are looking for reform and jobs, and our duty is to meet these legitimate demands."

    Parliament, too, has ordered an investigation into the violence and its human rights committee criticised security forces for their "suppression" of the demonstrations.

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    9 dead, hundreds wounded in two days of antigovernment protests in Iraq
    9 dead, hundreds wounded in two days of anti-gov protests in Iraq
    foxnews.com
    4:36 PM · Oct 2, 2019·

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    Protests in Iraq are going nationwide in what looks like a new ‘Arab Spring’ moment
    AHMED RASHEED AND AHMED ABOULENEIN, REUTERSOctober 02, 2019 at 03:41 PM
    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.


    (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)Demonstrators disperse as Iraqi security forces use tear gas during a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019.▲

    (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)A demonstrator shows empty canisters that were used by Iraqi security forces during a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 2, 2019.▲







    "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.

    Police and the army opened fire and launched tear gas canisters to disperse hundreds of protesters all over Baghdad. Protesters blocked the main highway connecting the capital to Iraq's northern provinces.

    15 Years After The US Overthrew Saddam Hussein, Iraq Is Still At War With Itself
    Protests erupted all over southern Iraq - heartland of the Shi'ite Muslim majority who after years of voting along sectarian lines are turning on their political leaders for failing to deliver jobs and basic services. Protesters burned down government buildings in Nassiriya, Amara and the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf.

    In Kut, protesters tried to break into the municipality building. Hundreds were out on the streets of Hilla and Diwaniya while dozens gathered in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf.

    Thousands gathered in the oil-rich city of Basra but the protests were peaceful. There were peaceful protests in Samawa. Curfews were later imposed in Nassiriya and two other southern cities, Amara and Hilla, the police sources told Reuters.

    Small protests also took place in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Tikrit, as well as the eastern province of Diyala.Any power vacuum in Iraq, should the government be toppled, could prove challenging for the region, given Baghdad's status as an ally of both the United States and Iran, who are locked in a political standoff.

    Islamic State militants could also take advantage of any chaos and thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in the country in positions not far from those of Iran-allied Shi'ite militias.

    "Our demands? We want work, we want to work. If they do not want to treat us as Iraqis, then tell us we are not Iraqi and we will find other nationalities and migrate to other countries," said one protester in Baghdad.

    Internet access was cut off across much of Iraq, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said.

    HIGH ALERT
    Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday chaired an emergency meeting of the national security council, which issued a statement regretting deaths and injuries on both sides.

    "The council affirms the right to protest, freedom of expression, and the protesters' legitimate demands, but at the same time condemns the acts of vandalism that accompanied the protests," it said.

    All military units were placed on high alert, the defense ministry said.

    Security forces blocked several roads in Baghdad, including a bridge that leads to the fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies.

    In an attempt to cool tempers, Abdul Mahdi on Tuesday promised jobs for graduates. He instructed the oil ministry and other government bodies to include a 50% quota for local workers in subsequent contracts with foreign companies.

    Oil-producing Iraq has suffered hardships for decades, from rule by Saddam Hussein including years subject to U.N. sanctions, to the 2003 U.S. invasion and civil war it unleashed, and then the battle against Islamic State, which was declared won in 2017.

    Corruption is widespread and basic services such as power and water are lacking.

    The government said on Tuesday that 40 members of the security forces were hurt and at least 11 more were injured on Wednesday.

    ISIS Is Reportedly Biding Its Time Ahead Of A Bloody Iraqi Comeback
    US to citizens: Maybe don't travel to Iraq anytime soon, OK?
    The US military now has to ask the Iraqis for permission before flying some missions in Iraqi airspace



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    Iraq-Syria Border Crossing Reopens Under Iranian Control
    Iraq-Syria Border Crossing Reopens Under Iranian Control
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    4:39 PM · Oct 2, 2019·

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    So Iraq and Syria have a border crossing but Iran is in control of it? This pretty clearly tells me who's in charge in Iraq and Syria right now.

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    So a decade of war in the 80's between Iraq and Iran ...stalemate. USA liberates Iraq from Saddam... Iranian victory! We are fools.
    Hwæt! Wé Gárdena in géardagum þéodcyninga þrym gefrúnon· hú ðá æþelingas ellen fremedon. - Listen! We of the Spear-Danes in the days of yore, of those clan-kings heard of their glory. How the worthy princes performed courageous deeds!

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    BREAKING: Iraq is imposing a curfew in the southern cities of Nassiriya, Amara and Hilla, according to police sources, as renewed anti-government protests turned violent and spread nationwide. -
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    MORE: Reports the internet has been shut off across much of Iraq following continuing protests against the government.
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    Update: #Iraq is now largely offline amid widening mass-protests; situation on the ground unclear due to blackouts; real-time network data show ~75% of country including #Baghdad now offline (excl. autonomous regions) 📉

    📰 https://netblocks.org/reports/iraq-b...nrest-zA4zGlyR

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    No one in the West truly understands the situation in the ME, least of all journalists who are unable to analyse the situation. they just put their spin on events.

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    Hummm.....IIRC the last bunch of anti-government protests there focusing on the same issues were lead by Sadr affiliated groups, which are Shia and are Iranian backed. I guess the Iranians want Iraq in their orbit more firmly, akin to Hezbollah run Lebanon.

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    seems to me that there are several conflicting cultures trying to live in the same space or wanting the same space

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    I watched it a bit yesterday, and still couldn't confidently speak to the underlying reasons de revolutions...but it was rather loud and attention grabbing just the same.

    Those hours of the unfolding chronicled via Twitter sphere can be found here, fyi,: http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showt...t=#post7428517 #1850+
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

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    I heard nattering re: whether the green zone would be hit, drawing the US to defend... I guess that didn't happen.

    Also wonder if it is a color revolution...those were obviously non organic, but some of the party last night looked and sounded real. Or not. :: Shruggin::
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

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    Sure glad we used our blood and treasure to settle that place down and make it safe for democracy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Border Collie Dad View Post
    Sure glad we used our blood and treasure to settle that place down and make it safe for democracy
    Seems to me Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush sr......all had a plan, Iran is the only one left to conquer......from their list.

    It's great to see the Donald fight so hard not to knee jerk react and go to war. He's managed to keep the boys home, for the most part....compared to others that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naegling62 View Post
    So a decade of war in the 80's between Iraq and Iran ...stalemate. USA liberates Iraq from Saddam... Iranian victory! We are fools.
    Yes, yes we are. And we have been playing the fools since Wilsons administration. We let the globalist suck us into being the global cop, and they pull the strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naegling62 View Post
    So a decade of war in the 80's between Iraq and Iran ...stalemate. USA liberates Iraq from Saddam... Iranian victory! We are fools.
    Yes, yes we are. And we have been playing the fools since Wilsons administration. We let the globalist suck us into being the global cop, and they pull the strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naegling62 View Post
    So a decade of war in the 80's between Iraq and Iran ...stalemate. USA liberates Iraq from Saddam... Iranian victory! We are fools.
    Yes, yes we are. And we have been playing the fools since Wilsons administration. We let the globalist suck us into being the global cop, and they pull the strings.

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    Arab News

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    #BREAKING: Iranian border guards close two crossings with Iraq due to protests reports Al-Arabiya https://cutt.ly/8eyBIUG

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    #BREAKING: Iranian border guards close two crossings with Iraq due to protests reports Al-Arabiya https://cutt.ly/8eyBIUG

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    BREAKING: 31 people killed in Iraq protests
    3:43 PM · Oct 3, 2019·

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    I'm not speaking on behalf of Iraqis, but kicking Iran and its militia out will definitely ease their pain. They have one of the largest oil reserves, and they were better than some European countries before the invasion that Saudi Arabia and many govs opposed
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    Iraq 3 days,31 lives lost.
    Hong Kong 3 months,no life lost.
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    Absolutely Heartbreaking News.
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    Plus thousands are injured by the criminal government that shuts down the internet. I hope the international community takes its responsibility to protect the innocents

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    nationwide internet access largely cut off as anti-gov't rallies turn violent.
    Once again we see the first step a country takes when any trouble erupts is the gov cuts off the internet. At some point we will see our own gov do it to us too.

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    Couldn't get video but it looks very bad there right now

    Heshmat Alavi
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    #BREAKING
    Oct 3 - Baghdad, #Iraq
    Tahrir Square
    Locals are saying #Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are attacking Iraqi demonstrators.
    AP reporting death toll has risen to 33.
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    #BREAKING - #Iraq
    -Reports indicate an #Iran IRGC brigade entering Iraq through the Khosravi border crossing
    -Six protesters shot dead in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah
    -Protester killed in Baghdad's Khalani Square
    -Death toll: 29 https://twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/sta...17218927616001
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    Oct 3 - #Iraq
    Protesters burn a riot police vehicle.
    Scenes very similar to a war zone.
    1:31
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    The Baghdad Post

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    Adel Abdul Mahdi , the Iraqi PM may resign within a few hours.

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    Iraqi protester says:
    "Those who're firing towards us are not Iraqi, they speak Persian and they're Iranian"
    The other one shouts:
    "Baghdad is free, Hey Iran! Get out!"
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jward View Post
    I heard nattering re: whether the green zone would be hit, drawing the US to defend... I guess that didn't happen.

    Also wonder if it is a color revolution...those were obviously non organic, but some of the party last night looked and sounded real. Or not. :: Shruggin::
    Guess they did fire into green zone last night. As far as I know we're not at war over it though.
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

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    بعضی خبرنگار ها در حال تکذیب موضوع اعلام استعفای عادل عبدالمهدی هستن.
    باید دید در بیانیه ش چی اعلام میکنه.
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    Some reporters deny the announcement of Adel Abdul Mahdi's resignation. You have to see what he says in his statement
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

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    Has there ever been a time, in the last 20 yrs, that Iraq wasn't in turmoil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jward View Post
    Guess they did fire into green zone last night. As far as I know we're not at war over it though.


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    Gunfire, explosions heard near fortified Green Zone in Baghdad as protests seem to be ongoing (via
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    Take note, even though they appear to be untrained and unorganized they are not being steamrolled like in many other situations and locations. Why is that? They kept their weapons and have the ability to fight back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billet View Post
    Has there ever been a time, in the last 20 yrs, that Iraq wasn't in turmoil?
    ...or the last 200 years? Not nearly as informed as I would wish to be, but my WAG is that the answer will prove to be "no".

    As for this dust up, watching it Tuesday gave the impression that some of it was in truth organic , though again, a WAG suggests much of it was a stage production.
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

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    Barzan Sadiq @BarzanSadiq
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    #Kuwait urges its citizens to leave #Iraq immediately.

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    I sww no resignation...j


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    Unidentified aircraft over Bukamal #Syria
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    Breaking PM Mahdi Refuses to Resign & Addresses The Citizens
    #breakingnews #mahdi #abdulmahdi #PrimeMinister #resign #refuse #citizens #iraq #iraqi #protest #demonstration #iran #militia #freedom #reset #rv

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    And we have been playing the fools since Wilsons administration. We let the globalist suck us into being the global cop, and they pull the strings
    We are enriching the deep state/military-industrial complex with our blood and treasure.

    BTW, how many wars have we been in since WWII?
    How many have we won?

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    #Iraq :Unknown snipers targeting protesters in #Baghdad on Friday October 4.
    1:39
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    Iraq protests: All the latest updates

    Adel Abdul Mahdi declares curfew lifted in the capital for Saturday morning as death toll in protests across Iraq grows.

    4 hours ago

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    Iraq has been rocked by days of protests, as thousands of mostly young men have been demonstrating in different parts of the country against corruption, unemployment and poor public services.

    Security forces have responded using water cannon, tear gas, live rounds and rubber bullets. Dozens of protesters have been killed and hundreds more wounded.

    Tensions have been exacerbated by a near-total internet blackout as the authorities seek to prevent protesters communicating with each other or posting footage of the chaotic demonstrations online.

    The mostly leaderless demonstrations are the biggest challenge yet to the one-year government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has imposed curfews in the capital, Baghdad, and other cities to try to stop the protests gathering steam.

    Here are the latest updates:
    Friday, October 4
    PM lifts curfew in the capital: Report

    Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered the lifting of a government-enforced curfew in Baghdad by 5am local time (02:00 GMT) on Saturday, state media reported.

    It was not immediately clear if curfews put in place in other cities throughout Iraq over the ongoing unrest would also be lifted.
    Al-Sadr calls for snap election

    Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition had won the largest number of seats in last year's elections, called for the government to resign and for a snap election to be held, a statement from his office said.

    The fresh poll should be monitored by international experts, the statement added.

    Al-Sadr had earlier urged legislators to suspend their parliamentary membership and boycott sessions until the government responds to the protesters' demands.
    Red Cross urges 'restraint'

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on security forces and protesters to exercise restraint.

    "The use of firearms by security forces must be a measure of last resort and only to protect against an imminent threat to life," Katharina Ritz, ICRC's head of delegation in Iraq, said in a Twitter post.

    "We call on all for restraint," she added.

    I am concerned by the growing number of casualties at the ongoing protests across #Iraq.

    The use of firearms by security forces must be a measure of last resort and only to protect against an imminent threat to life.

    We call on all for restraint. https://t.co/h7oP4Qlx2w
    — Katharina Ritz (@KRitzICRC) October 4, 2019

    Death toll rises to 65: Report

    The death toll since protests began on Tuesday had reached 65, the Reuters news agency reported, citing security and medical sources. The vast majority of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours as violence accelerated amid continued demonstrations.

    The Associated Press news agency meanwhile put the death toll at 53 after medical and security officials said 11 protesters were killed during protests in Baghdad.

    Al Jazeera could not independently verify either set of figures.
    A demonstrator holds the Iraqi flag near burning objects at a protest during a curfew, three days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 4, 2019
    A demonstrator holds the Iraqi flag near burning objects at a protest in Baghdad [Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters]
    Iraqi speaker backs protesters' calls for political reform

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said the Speaker of Iraq's parliament Mohamad al-Halbousi had expressed support for the protesters' demands.

    "He [al-Halbousi] has taken the side of the protesters, he's saying the government has failed and needs to put in reforms right now," Khan said.

    "There seems to be a lot of anger towards the government, but it's also coming not just from the protesters but from the parliament itself," Khan added. "But this government is only a year old and these problems are a lot older than that."

    Khan also said authorities' appeals for calm appeared to have failed, with protesters out on the streets of the capital in defiance of a government-enforced curfew.
    Security forces say 'unidentified snipers' kill four in Baghdad

    Iraqi security forces said "unidentified snipers" killed four people in Baghdad on the fourth successive day of anti-government protests.

    A statement said two of those killed were members of the security forces and the other two were civilians.

    The killings bring the death toll since protests began on Tuesday to 44, including six security forces, according to police and medical sources.
    A man runs near burning objects at a protest during a curfew, three days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 4, 2019
    The mostly leaderless demonstrations are the biggest challenge yet to the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi [Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters]
    Demonstrators 'storm' Diwaniya provincial council

    Protesters stormed the provincial council in Diwaniya in southern Iraq, according to a police officer.

    "Hundreds of demonstrators stormed provincial council's building after violent clashes with security forces," Police Lieutenant Jassim al-Tamimi told Anadolu Agency.

    Dozens of protesters were reportedly wounded by gunfire and police forces were also injured after demonstrators threw stones at them.

    The police officer said "there are unconfirmed reports of deaths among the demonstrators as a result of the clashes".
    Al-Sadr asks MPs to suspend parliament membership

    Shia leader al-Sadr urged legislators to suspend their parliamentary membership and boycott sessions until the government responds to the protesters' demands.

    "Hurry to suspend your membership without delay," he said in a statement issued before a parliamentary session on Saturday.

    Al Jazeera's Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said "there is already controversy over what's going to be discussion" at the emergency session and "what impact it might have on the protesters".
    Iraq protests: Will protesters' demands be met? (1:31)

    Curfew has 'huge impact', night protests expected

    Al Jazeera's Khan said the curfew was having a "huge impact" on residents' lives.

    Khan cited a statement by the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, which said the prices of food and fuel were rising due to the measures.

    "It's asking the Iraqi government to try and lift some of the restrictions or at least to try and send food trucks to areas where there is a curfew," Khan said.

    "The curfew is being adhered to by most sections of society apart from protesters who still gather in parts of Baghdad," he added.

    "What we've seen so far is them gathering in different parts of the city, but they're all looking towards the focal point, which is Tahrir Square in central Baghdad and that's where they'll march. We're expecting that after dark, we will see more of the scenes we've been seeing over the last couple of days."
    Kurdish leader addresses unrest

    Nechirvan Barzani, president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, addressed the unrest, saying the situation in Baghdad was being monitored.

    In a statement, Barzani said peaceful demonstrations are a constitutional right but should not lead to chaos and disorder.
    Iraqi security forces fire on protesters in Baghdad (3:40)

    Iraq dollar bonds fall 1.2 cents amid unrest

    Iraq's dollar-denominated sovereign debt fell 1.2 cents to a four-month low amid the unrest in the country.

    The 2028 issue dropped to as little as 95.14 cents - the lowest level in four months, according to data from Refinitiv. The bonds have fallen more than two cents since the start of the week.
    Kuwait and Bahrain issue travel warning

    Kuwait and Bahrain called on their citizens to avoid trips to Iraq due to the protests and advised those who are there to leave the country immediately.

    Earlier, Qatar issued a similar advisory.
    UN urges Iraq to probe protest deaths 'transparently'

    The United Nations called on Iraq to rapidly and transparently investigate force used by anti-riot police in clashes with protesters that have left dozens dead.

    "We call on the Iraqi government to allow people to freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," Marta Hurtado, spokeswoman for the UN rights office, told journalists in Geneva.

    "We are worried by reports that security forces have used live ammunition and rubber bullets in some areas, and have also fired tear gas canisters directly at protestors," Hurtado said, insisting that in dealing with demonstrations, "the use of force should be exceptional".

    "Any use of force must comply with applicable international human rights norms and standards," she said, stressing that firearms should never be used "except as a last resort to protect against an imminent threat of death or serious injury."

    "All incidents in which the actions of security forces have resulted in death and injury should be promptly, independently and transparently investigated," she said.
    A man is seen assisting an injured demonstrator at a protest during a curfew, three days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad
    A man in Baghdad assisting a wounded demonstrator [Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters]
    Iraq's Grand Ayatollah backs protests

    Iraq's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged security forces and protesters not to use violence, and criticised Iraqi leaders for failing to eradicate corruption

    He has called on the Iraqi government to heed the protesters' demands "before it is too late".

    In a letter read out by his representative Ahmed al-Safi during a sermon in the holy city of Kerbala, Sistani described the deaths from the protests as "sorrowful", and maintained that the government has not "achieved anything on the ground".

    "Lawmakers hold the biggest responsibility for what is happening," Sistani said.

    He also said the government "must do what it can to improve public services, find work for the unemployed, end clientelism, deal with the corruption issue and send those implicated in it to prison".

    In Friday Prayer sermon, Ayatollah Sistani condemns attacks on peaceful protesters and security forces. He hopes everyone understands the dangerous consequences of violence and criticises the government, parliament and judiciary for failing to deliver real reform. #IraqProtests
    — Hayder al-Khoei (@7ayder87) October 4, 2019

    Red Cross calls for restraint as protests continue

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was concerned by "increasingly violent clashes" between protesters and security forces.

    "The use of force by security forces must be proportionate to the situation and is an exceptional measure," said the ICRC's head of delegation in Iraq, Katharina Ritz.

    "In particular, firearms and live ammunition must only be used as a last resort, and to protect against an imminent threat to life."
    Death toll rises to 44: police, security sources

    The death toll from three days of anti-government protests in Iraq climbed to 44, police and medical sources told Reuters.
    Iraqi security forces fire on protesters in Baghdad

    The largest number of casualties occurred in the southern city of Nasiriya, where 18 people were killed, followed by the capital Baghdad where the death toll stood at 16, they said.

    The protests, in which hundreds of people have also been injured, began over unemployment and poor services but have escalated into calls for a change of government and pose one of the country's biggest security challenges in years.
    Qatar urges citizens not to travel to Iraq

    Qatar's foreign ministry advised its citizens not to travel to Iraq and urged those already there to leave immediately in view of ongoing unrest.
    Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters in Baghdad

    Iraqi security forces opened fired on dozens of protesters gathering in Baghdad for a fourth day of demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services.

    "These protesters have now been dispersed to neighbouring streets and there are running battles taking place," said Al Jazeera's Khan.

    Abdul Mahdi said there was "no magic solution" to Iraq's problems but pledged to work on laws granting poor families a basic income, provide alternative housing, and fight corruption.

    Read more here.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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    At least 40 died, 1,500+ people injured after three days of demos in #IraqProtests #BaghdadProtests
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    Reports of “shelling” in/near #Sadr City, #Baghdad, there are additional reports of explosions being heard in the area. #Iraq
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