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  1. #81
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    Sputnik
    @SputnikInt
    URGENT: Sairoun bloc in Iraqi paliament announces sit-in amid mass protests - report https://sptnkne.ws/Aj9C
    4:43 PM · Oct 26, 2019·

  2. #82
    ELINT News Retweeted
    Mosul Eye عين الموصل
    @MosulEye
    Breaking: The Iraqi government suspended Al Hurra TV, Radio Sawa, Al Arabiya and Al Hadath.
    #IraqProtests
    4:45 PM · Oct 26, 2019·

  3. #83
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    Lawk Ghafuri
    @LawkGhafuri
    Head of Al-Fatih coalition Hadi al-Amiri, in #Iraq says that what is happening in Iraq today is a game that both #US and #Israel are behind it.

    #IraqProtests #العراق
    العراق: رئيس تحالف الفتح هادي العامري: العراق اليوم أمام فتنة كبيرة تقف وراءها "إسرائيل" وأميركا
    almayadeen.net
    5:20 PM · Oct 26, 2019·

  4. #84
    EndGameWW3
    @EndGameWW3
    According to a colleague from Babylon: 4 demonstrators killed and 27 injured during the attempt of demonstrators to storm the building of the Badr Organization live fire continues so far

    #iraq
    5:20 PM · Oct 26, 2019·

  5. #85
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
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    @BootleggerBoy
    #Iraq #Baghdad ... Tahrir square [1:00 Am], Despite a curfew and an Internet blackout, #Protestors are still out in the streets.
    1:31
    9:09 PM · Oct 26, 2019·

  6. #86
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    🇮🇶 El Trapo 🇮🇶
    @vimtopapi
    Protestors taking down pictures of all figures associated with the regime in #Iran

    #Iraq #IraqProtests #IraqiProtests #IraqXXV #العراق #اريد_وطن #العراق_يثور #العراق_ينتفض #نازل_اخذ_حقي #ايران
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    Shafique UQAILI
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    @edrormba
    Lot of ‘steam’ within Iranians. They want to get those imposed societal shackles off.

    Practicing Islam and following the Holy Quran, never means to curtail societal liberty and wisdom. Over-imposition of any religion, distorts the very concept of that religion.

    #Iran #Islam
    بهرام راد
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    Well done...

  7. #87
    EndGameWW3
    @EndGameWW3
    Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi refuses to resign over deadly protests | Arab News
    Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi refuses to resign over deadly protests
    arabnews.com
    6:29 PM · Oct 27, 2019·https://t.co/eJZmca031Q?amp=1

  8. #88
    EndGameWW3
    @EndGameWW3
    At least 18 dead during break up of Iraq’s Karbala protests: Medical sources https://ara.tv/y2psz via
    @AlArabiya_Eng
    At least 18 dead during break up of Iraq’s Karbala protests: Medical sources
    english.alarabiya.net
    12:35 AM · Oct 29, 2019·

  9. #89
    Reuters
    MON OCT 28, 2019 / 8:24 PM EDT
    Iraqi defense minister says missile fell near military base, no damage

    (Reuters) - Iraqi Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari said on Tuesday a missile fell near a military base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad but caused no damage.

    Shammari inspected the sprawling Taji base to see the security situation there, accompanied by the army aviation commander and senior officers from the defense ministry, Iraq's news agency said.

    "Camp Taji is witnessing security stability and there is no damage," he said in a statement. Shammari stressed the need for caution to preserve the safety of all those in the camp.

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    A curfew was declared in Baghdad on Monday after four people were killed and 277 wounded in the fourth day of anti-government protests. Medical and security sources said security forces fired tear gas canisters directly at protesters.

    Baghdad's top military commander declared the curfew because of the unrest, which is driven by discontent over economic hardship and deep-seated corruption.

    Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who backs parliament's most powerful bloc and helped bring Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to power, called for early elections after the curfew was announced.

    Demonstrators vowed to remain in the square despite the curfew, which they said would provide cover for security forces to attempt to clear it.

    (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul Tait)

    https://t.co/S72U8xg45Y?amp=1
    © 2018Reuters. All Rights Reserved.

  10. #90
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted

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    Iraqi forces are cutting off electricity to Baghdad’s Tahrir Square and firing tear gas to disperse tens of thousands of Iraqis gathering for a fifth day of protests, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reports.


    https://english.alarabiya.net/en/New...-tear-gas.html

  11. #91
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    Thomas Abi-Hanna
    @ThomasRiddIe
    Big day for the Middle East as we might have 2 Prime Ministers resign on the same day. First Lebanon, now Iraq.
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    Barzan Sadiq
    @BarzanSadiq
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    #Iraqi Prime Minister to resign - sources
    3:09 PM · Oct 29, 2019·

  12. #92
    EndGameWW3
    @EndGameWW3
    Iraq's Sadr calls on rival to join him in ousting PM
    Iraq's Sadr calls on rival to join him in ousting PM
    reuters.com
    4:12 PM · Oct 29, 2019·
    https://t.co/100oODjK2T?amp=1

  13. #93
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    Iranian general flies into Baghdad to chair top security meeting amid protests https://ara.tv/gg5rr via @AlArabiya_Eng

  14. #94
    AFP news agency
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    #BREAKING 100 dead, over 5,000 wounded in week of Iraq violence, according to rights commission
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    AFP news agency
    @AFP
    #BREAKING Rocket hits near US embassy, one Iraqi killed, say security sources
    3:52 PM · Oct 30, 2019·
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    AFP news agency
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    #UPDATE Iraq's leaders were in tense talks over the ouster of the country's embattled premier, as a rights commission said the latest week of anti-government demonstrations has left 100 dead
    Iraq PM's future on the line as demonstrators smell change
    news.yahoo.com

  15. #95
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    🎃Deven_Intel🎃
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    #BREAKING

    Report the house of Secretary General of the Council of Minister was burn by gunmen in Iraq
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    TØM CΛT
    @TomtheBasedCat
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    Reports that the house of the Secretary-General (Hamid Ghazi, Sairoun) of the Council of Ministers was burned by gunmen in Shatra area of Baghdad. Demonstrators attempted to protect him but were chased away.
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    7:09 PM · Oct 30, 2019·
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    Mike Bacci
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    "Burned" as in killed?

  16. #96
    ELINT News Retweeted

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    BREAKING: President Barham Saleh of Iraq in a speech to the nation says; Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi has agreed to resign, announces the country will hold early elections.

  17. #97
    We'll see how long this holds.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-i...-idUSKBN1XA2DI

    NEWSOCTOBER 31, 2019 / 1:48 PM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO
    Exclusive: Iran intervenes to prevent ousting of Iraqi prime minister - sources
    5 MIN READ

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraq’s most influential figures amid weeks of anti-government demonstrations, sources close to both men told Reuters.

    Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demanded this week that Abdul Mahdi call an early election to quell the biggest mass protests in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. The demonstrations are fueled by anger at corruption and widespread economic hardship.

    Sadr had urged his main political rival Hadi al-Amiri, whose alliance of Iran-backed militias is the second-biggest political force in parliament, to help push out Abdul Mahdi.

    But in a secret meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday, Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, intervened. Soleimani asked Amiri and his militia leaders to keep supporting Abdul Mahdi, according to five sources with knowledge of the meeting.

    Spokesmen for Amiri and Sadr could not be reached for comment. An Iranian security official confirmed Soleimani was at Wednesday’s meeting, saying he was there to “give advice”.

    “(Iraq’s) security is important for us and we have helped them in the past. The head of our Quds Force travels to Iraq and other regional countries regularly, particularly when our allies ask for our help,” the Iranian official said, asking not to be named.

    Soleimani, whose Quds force coordinates Tehran-backed militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, is a frequent visitor to Iraq. However, his direct intervention is the latest sign of Iran’s increasing influence in Iraq and across the region.


    Iraqi security officials told Reuters earlier this month that Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops to try to help put down the protests.

    If Iraq falls further into crisis, Iran risks losing the influence it has steadily been amassing in the country since the U.S.-led invasion and which it sees as a counter to American influence in the region.

    FATE UNCLEAR
    Despite the maneuvering behind closed doors, Abdul Mahdi’s fate remains unclear. He took office a year ago as a compromise candidate between Amiri and Sadr but faces a wave of protests that has swelled in recent days.

    In the 16 years since the fall of Saddam, a Sunni Muslim, Shi’ite Iran has emerged as a key power broker in Iraqi politics, with greater influence than the United States in the Shi’ite majority country.

    But that proxy power battle has rankled ordinary Iraqis who criticize a political elite they say is subservient to one or the other of Baghdad’s two allies and pays more attention to those alliances than to Iraqis’ basic economic needs.

    Despite their country’s vast oil wealth, many Iraqis live in poverty or have limited access to clean water, electricity, basic health care and education. Most of the protesters are young people who above all want jobs.


    The protests have broken nearly two years of relative stability in Iraq. They have spread from Baghdad across the mainly Shi’ite south and met with a security crackdown that killed over 250 people.

    Until earlier this week, it appeared that Amiri - who is one of Tehran’s key allies in Iraq and the leader of the Badr Organization of militia - was willing to support Abdul Mahdi’s departure.

    Late on Tuesday night, Amiri issued a public statement agreeing to “work together” with Sadr after the cleric called on him to help oust the prime minister.

    Wednesday’s meeting seemingly changed the course of events.

    A Shi’ite militia commander loyal to Amiri - one of the five sources Reuters spoke to about the meeting - said there was agreement that Abdul Mahdi needed to be given time to enact reforms to calm the streets.

    Many of the militia leaders raised fears at the meeting that ousting Abdul Mahdi could weaken the Popular Mobilization Forces, according to another source familiar with the meeting.

    The PMF is an umbrella of mostly Shi’ite paramilitary groups backed by Iran who are influential in Iraq’s parliament and have allies in government. They formally report to the prime minister but have their own command structure outside the military.

    Following the meeting with Soleimani, Amiri changed tune with Sadr. He told Sadr that getting rid of Abdul Mahdi would cause more chaos and threaten stability, a politician close to Sadr said.

    Iraqi demonstrators attend an anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq October 31, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
    In response, Sadr said publicly that without a resignation there would be more bloodshed and that he would not work with Amiri again.

    “I will never enter into alliances with you after today,” he said in a statement.

    Reporting by Baghdad Newsroom; additional reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall

    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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  18. #98
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    Ahmed Alsalman
    @AAlsalman91
    Recording: #Iran backed militias are said to be gathering to head to #TahrirSquare in #Baghdad to break the protests up. A large motorcade is heading there with aims of repeating the scenes in #Egypt circa 2011 where protesters were attacked. (Camel Incident)
    #Iraq #IraqProtests
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    عدنان الطائي
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    اسمع .....
    1:29
    7:59 PM · Oct 31,

  19. #99
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    �� A girl protestor has been killed on #Aljumhouryiah bridge in center of #Baghdad , after targeting her by teargas on her head

    #IraqiProtests
    #Iraq EndGameWW3 Retweeted

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    NOW, near Tahrir Square 7:45 PM
    Many suffocations caused by tear gas bombs in both Al-Jumhoriya bridge & Al-Sinak bridge

  20. #100
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    #Karbala
    Iranian consulate was torched down and there's clashes between demonstrators & the consulate's guards, 4 demonstrators were killed until now
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

  21. #101
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    PROTESTERS RAISE IRAQI FLAG ON IRANIAN CONSULATE IN KARBALA, ATTEMPT TO BURN BUILDING
    1 minute read.

    By SETH J. FRANTZMANShare on facebook:

    Protesters raise Iraqi flag on Iranian consulate in Karbala, attempt to burn building

    Demonstrators take part in a protest over corruption, lack of jobs, and poor services, in Iraq
    This is the second time the consulate has been attacked in a week.

    Iraqis scaled the wall around the Iranian consulate in Karbala and raised an Iraqi flag over it. They said only the Iraqi flag should fly high in the sky and that Iranians should be ejected. Other protesters tried to burn the wall around the compound.

    This is the second time the consulate has been attacked in a week; it was previously targeted on October 26.

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    Protests in Iraq have reached their crescendo after a month in which 250 demonstrators have been killed. The Iraqi Prime Minister has been pressured to resign. Protesters have targeted the political party offices of Iranian-linked parties and militias. The militias, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, have been alleged to use snipers to shoot demonstrators. In addition reports indicate that Iran has used a heavy hand to try to suppress Iraqi protesters by working through political allies such as the Badr Organization and Fatah Alliance head Hadi al-Amiri.


    Iran sent its IRGC Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani to Iraq last month to help advise the government on the crackdown. Protesters have alleged that an Iranian hidden hand was trying to stop them, while Iran’s clerics last Friday claimed that the US and Israel are fueling Iraqi protests. Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has condemned all foreign interference while political leader Muqtada al-Sadr has tried to broker a deal that will see him get credit for the protests and for stopping them.

    But the protesters are unfazed. They have occupied central Baghdad’s Tahrir square and laid siege to the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala. The consulate is around three kilometers from Karbala’s famous golden domed shrine to Imam Husayn and the exquisite Al-Abbas mosque. It is on a street known as Iskan street near a new office building.

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    Karbala has been the scene of clashes between protesters and security forces, or Iranian-backed militias. On the night of October 28 protesters said they were shot at repeatedly and up to 14 were killed. This has caused anger against Iran and perceptions that Iran ordered the shootings. On October 3 the protesters called for Iranian elements to be removed from Iraq as they targeted the consulate. Others tried to light a wall on fire.
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    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

  22. #102
    Sounds organic and authentic, even hough i expect pajama boy to be on scene any moment...

    Reuters
    @Reuters
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    As anti-government protests continue in Iraq, protesters are getting makeovers at the hands of barbers camping at Tahrir Square while musicians regale them with local music https://reut.rs/2JLBel8
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

  23. #103
    Quote Originally Posted by jward View Post
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    https://m.jpost.com/Middle-East/Prot...uilding-606754

    PROTESTERS RAISE IRAQI FLAG ON IRANIAN CONSULATE IN KARBALA, ATTEMPT TO BURN BUILDING
    1 minute read.

    By SETH J. FRANTZMANShare on facebook:

    Protesters raise Iraqi flag on Iranian consulate in Karbala, attempt to burn building

    Demonstrators take part in a protest over corruption, lack of jobs, and poor services, in Iraq
    This is the second time the consulate has been attacked in a week.

    Iraqis scaled the wall around the Iranian consulate in Karbala and raised an Iraqi flag over it. They said only the Iraqi flag should fly high in the sky and that Iranians should be ejected. Other protesters tried to burn the wall around the compound.

    This is the second time the consulate has been attacked in a week; it was previously targeted on October 26.

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    Protests in Iraq have reached their crescendo after a month in which 250 demonstrators have been killed. The Iraqi Prime Minister has been pressured to resign. Protesters have targeted the political party offices of Iranian-linked parties and militias. The militias, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, have been alleged to use snipers to shoot demonstrators. In addition reports indicate that Iran has used a heavy hand to try to suppress Iraqi protesters by working through political allies such as the Badr Organization and Fatah Alliance head Hadi al-Amiri.


    Iran sent its IRGC Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani to Iraq last month to help advise the government on the crackdown. Protesters have alleged that an Iranian hidden hand was trying to stop them, while Iran’s clerics last Friday claimed that the US and Israel are fueling Iraqi protests. Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has condemned all foreign interference while political leader Muqtada al-Sadr has tried to broker a deal that will see him get credit for the protests and for stopping them.

    But the protesters are unfazed. They have occupied central Baghdad’s Tahrir square and laid siege to the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala. The consulate is around three kilometers from Karbala’s famous golden domed shrine to Imam Husayn and the exquisite Al-Abbas mosque. It is on a street known as Iskan street near a new office building.

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    Karbala has been the scene of clashes between protesters and security forces, or Iranian-backed militias. On the night of October 28 protesters said they were shot at repeatedly and up to 14 were killed. This has caused anger against Iran and perceptions that Iran ordered the shootings. On October 3 the protesters called for Iranian elements to be removed from Iraq as they targeted the consulate. Others tried to light a wall on fire.
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    This is a red line that had been crossed
    Going to get real soon

  24. #104
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    BREAKING:

    VIDEO # 2 from Karbala, Iraq where Iraqi protesters tried to attack the Iranian Consulate.
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    #BREAKING: Dozens of Iraqi demonstrators have stormed the Iranian consulate in #Karbala, lowering the flag and burning part of the outer wall #IraqProtests

    https://arabnews.com/node/1578446/middle-east
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    VIDEO # 3:

    Looks like some area of Iranian Consulate in Karbala has been set on fire. #Iraq

    FJ
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    Additional security forces deployed at Iranian Consulate in Karbala. #Iraq
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    #Karbala police commander arrives at Iranian consulate with 30 police vehicles
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    عاجل، الان
    قائد شرطة #كربلاء يصل الى القنصلية الايرانية مع 30 مركبة للشرطة

    #IraqiRevolution
    #IraqProtests
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
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    @Natsecjeff
    Well, that escalated quickly. #Karbala #Iraq
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    Scenes from Karbala. #Iraq
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    VIDEO # 7:

    More scenes from Karbala where protesters are raising anti-Iran slogans. #Iraq

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    EndGameWW3


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    Iraqi PM calls on protesters to reopen roads after civil un
    rest

  27. #107
    In Iraq, 4 protesters killed in front of Iranian consulate in Karbala.
    http://mobp.as/BtD2p

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    near Al-Ahrar bridge, 15 minutes ago
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    Security forces are targeting demonstrators
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  29. #109
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    Clash between revolutionaries and #Heshalat al-Sha'abi and #SepahQuds near Ministry of Justice #Baghdad! The revolutionaries have targeted the strategic points of government and are pushing back the fort.

  30. #110
    EndGameWW3


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    At least five dead as Iraqi security forces open fire on Baghdad protesters.

  31. #111
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    Joyce Karam
    @Joyce_Karam
    BREAKING: Full Internet Blackout Reported in Baghdad #Iraq and Southern provinces, as Government blocks access.

    Multiple accounts on ground reporting, including journalist
    @Suadadalsalhy
    . This follows killing of 5 Protestors today...
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    Joyce Karam
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    The accounts reporting have foreign phones... but local accounts that we follow have gone silent in last hour. #Iraq
    Joyce Karam
    @Joyce_Karam
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    This could mean many things from obstructing sharing of videos and blocking communication, to a full crackdown and arrests of activists by #Iraq Security.

    It’s 1:25 am in Baghdad now
    Vida Bali
    @irvida
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    Wow that’s remind me Iran during green movement in 2009.
    Robert Melham ● روبيرت ملحم
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    The Iraqi government has cut off the Internet on Baghdad and all the provinces that are witnessing popular demonstrations. This is a dangerous precedent.
    Robert Melham ● روبيرت ملحم
    @MelhamRobert
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    @suadadalsalhy
    Yes, exactly this what happens right now, there's no more internet.
    Ryan Graves
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    @ELINTNews
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    I can only imagine the backlash if the US Govt shut internet access down. People wouldn't know what to do

  32. #112
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted
    Ruba Ali Al-Hassani
    @RubaAlHassani
    #Iraqi forces are conducting large-scale campaigns targeting the people of Salhiya and Allawi areas in central #Baghdad who sheltered the demonstrators. #IraqProtests
    5:49 PM · Nov 4, 2019·

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    At least 13 killed as Iraq resumes live gunfire against protesters https://reut.rs/33pNuj2
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

  34. #114
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    WORLD NEWSNOVEMBER 5, 2019 / 2:04 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
    At least 13 killed as Iraq resumes live gunfire against protesters
    5 MIN READ

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours, abandoning weeks of comparative restraint to unleash live gunfire in a bid to crush demonstrations against the political parties that control the government.

    Iraqi demonstrators chant slogans during an ongoing anti-government protest, in Baghdad, Iraq, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
    After eight people were killed during the day on Monday, security forces shot dead at least five others overnight or early on Tuesday, including one killed with live fire at a funeral procession for another who died hours earlier.

    More than 260 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests, above all Iran.

    Most of those deaths took place during the first week of the demonstrations, when snipers shot on crowds from Baghdad rooftops. But after the government appeared to have curbed the use of some deadly tactics, the protests swelled rapidly over the past ten days.

    The new violence began a day after Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi appealed to protesters to suspend their movement, which he said had achieved its goals and was hurting the economy.

    He has said he is willing to resign if politicians agree on a replacement, and has promised a number of reforms. But protesters say that is not enough and the entire political class needs to go.


    ‘CONTINUED BLOODSHED’
    Since putting down an insurgency by Islamic State in 2017, Iraq has enjoyed two years of comparative stability. But despite its oil wealth, many people live in poverty with limited access to clean water, electricity, healthcare or education.

    Protesters blame a political system that shares power among sectarian parties, making corruption entrenched. Abdul Mahdi, in power for a year, enjoys the support of powerful Iran-backed political parties allied to armed militia.

    A government report said nearly 150 people were killed in the first week of the unrest in early October, 70% from bullets to the head. Since then, security forces mainly used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to repel protesters.

    Though these tactics also caused fatalities, the protests grew far larger as word got out that they were safer, with families, women and elderly people joining demonstrations by self-proclaimed “revolutionary” youth, especially in Baghdad.

    By the end of last week tens of thousands of people were turning out daily for by far the biggest anti-government demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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    But Monday’s violence suggested a return to the earlier tactics, including firing live rounds into crowds.

    At least six protesters were killed on Monday in the capital Baghdad as security forces used live rounds. One protester was also killed in Shatra, a town in the south, on Monday.

    Overnight, security forces killed two more people and wounded 12 in Shatra, security and medical sources said. Hospital sources said the protesters died from bullet wounds to the head. The protesters had tried to attack the house of a senior government official, security sources said.

    Separately, at least two protesters were killed and dozens more wounded when security forces opened fire on protesters camped out at the entrance to the main Gulf port of Umm Qasr.

    A sit-in there has halted operations at the port since last Wednesday. The port handles the vast bulk of imports for a population that relies on food from abroad.

    Local security officials imposed a curfew around 10 p.m. on Monday night, in an initial attempt to disperse the crowd, saying they would use force to disperse them if necessary.

    Clashes continued into Tuesday morning, with a person killed during the funeral procession for one of the protesters killed overnight. Security forces responded with live rounds after residents, angry at the earlier use of force, threw stones at them near the funeral procession.

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    “Appalled by continued bloodshed in Iraq,” U.N. Iraq envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert tweeted overnight. “Violence only begets violence, peaceful demonstrators must be protected. It is high time for national dialogue.”

    Iraqi authorities have been blocking the internet during protests. Internet access was restored on Tuesday morning after much of Iraq was cut off overnight. However, by early afternoon it seemed to be cut off again across much of the country.

    Writing by Raya Jalabi; Editing by Catherine Evans and Peter Graff

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    At least 13 killed as Iraq resumes live gunfire against protesters
    Reuters|Published: 11.05.19 , 14:47
    Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours, abandoning weeks of comparative restraint to unleash live gunfire in a bid to crush demonstrations against the political parties that control the government.


    After eight people were killed during the day on Monday, security forces shot dead at least five others overnight or early on Tuesday, including one killed with live fire at a funeral procession for another who died hours earlier.

    More than 260 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests, above all Iran. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...619734,00.html

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    At least 13 killed as Iraq resumes live gunfire against protesters
    Reuters|Published: 11.05.19 , 14:47
    Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours, abandoning weeks of comparative restraint to unleash live gunfire in a bid to crush demonstrations against the political parties that control the government.


    After eight people were killed during the day on Monday, security forces shot dead at least five others overnight or early on Tuesday, including one killed with live fire at a funeral procession for another who died hours earlier.

    More than 260 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests, above all Iran. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...619734,00.html
    And this from a government that the US and the West "support". Where are the calls in Congress to sanction Baghdad?

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    Remember @AP on Oct 30th: “Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani flew into Baghdad late at night and took a helicopter to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where he surprised a group of top security officials by chairing a meeting in place of the prime minister”

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    @AP: “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,” Soleimani told the Iraqi officials, according to two senior officials familiar with the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the secret gathering. “This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

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    @AP: The day after Soleimani’s visit, the clashes between the protesters & security forces in Iraq became far more violent, with the death toll soaring past 100 as unidentified snipers shot demonstrators in the head & chest. Nearly 150 protesters were killed in less than a week.

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    If you don’t call that “foreign hands” meddling in another countries affairs, I don’t know what is.

    Also please note one of the main issues for the protesters is to stop Iranian meddling in the country. Such Iranian meddling that is now resulting in hundreds of Iraqis killed.

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