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News, October 2019
180 Iraqis Killed and 5,000 Injured by Militiamen Wearing Security Forces, Uniform, While Protesting Government Corruption
October 9, 2019
The following are just examples of news stories about the continuous Iraqi government war to subjugate the northern provinces, using the pretext of fighting ISIS, or responding to alleged ISIS attacks, which no longer exists, according to the announcements of the Iraqi government itself.
Daily news stories can be accessed from the news sources listed below and others in the internet. Most likely, the available news stories are biased, as these do not include the two sides.
Iraqi official: death toll of protests hits 165, Most of deceased got shots in heads, chests, official says
The death toll of the anti-government protests in Iraq reached 165, a source in the country's Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
"The death toll of the anti-government protests is between 165 and 180 while the number of the injured hit five thousands including many in critical conditions," the medical source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.
Most of the shots were in the heads and chests, the source added.
The mass protests in Iraq broke out across several Iraqi cities on Oct. 1 with demands of improving living conditions and end to government corruption, but as the security forces used live ammunition against peaceful protesters which had claimed hundreds of lives, protesters raised their demands and called for the departure of government.
For years, Iraqis have protested as their successive governments have failed to put an end to alleged nepotism and corruption as the current government struggles to end mismanagement of public funds.
According to World Bank figures, youth unemployment in Iraq has reached 25%. The country is also ranked the 12th-most corrupt country in the world by several transparency organizations.
* Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara.
Iraq: Internet access restored after weeklong protests
Demonstrations in Baghdad, southern provinces against high unemployment, rampant corruption started on Oct. 1
Internet access was restored on Monday throughout Iraq after a days-long interruption in the wake of anti-government protests. The block on social media networks Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp was also removed.
The government has not yet commented on the issue. Mass protests broke out last week across several Iraqi cities with demands of improving living conditions and ending government corruption. Police action against the protests has resulted in hundreds of deaths, according to an Iraqi medical source.
*Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak
Iraq reopens Green Zone after stabilizing situation
Green Zone includes government buildings, foreign embassies, headquarters of US-led international coalition in Iraq
Iraqi authorities reopened Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Tuesday after stability returned in the region following week-long protests, country's news agency reported.
The Green Zone was reopened after "successful negotiations" between the Iraqi Prime Minister office and the protesters, in which promises were made to fulfill the protesters' demands, the Iraqi News Agency reported.
Entries to the zone were closed and security restrictions were imposed to prevent eruption of protests in the area which includes government buildings, foreign embassies and the headquarters of the U.S.-led International Coalition in Iraq.
The efforts of Iraqi President Barham Salih and parliament speaker as well contributed to calming the situation in the country, it added.
The mass protests in Iraq broke out across several Iraqi cities on Oct. 1 with demands of improving living conditions and end to government corruption.
So far, the death toll has reached 110 and thousands have been injured in anti-government protests in Iraq, according to a medical source.
*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara.
The following are news stories from a pro-Iraqi government website (http://www.iraqinews.com/), which usually reports those who are killed by Iraqi government attacks as Islamic State fighters, implying no civilians were killed by bombing residential neighborhoods:
Seven (alleged) ISIS members killed during operation in Kirkuk
by Mohammed Ebraheem Oct 8, 2019, 12:07 pm
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) –
An Iraqi counter-terrorism force said on Tuesday that seven (alleged) Islamic State militants were killed during a security operation in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.
“A Counter-Terrorism Service force, in coordination with the U.S.-led international coalition, carried out a security operation in Daquq area in Kirkuk,” the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a press statement.
The troops killed seven (alleged members of ISIS) and destroyed several hotbeds and tunnels in the operation, the statement added.
Military intelligence kill IS leader, four aides in northern Iraq
by Mohammed Ebraheem Oct 2, 2019, 11:35 am
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) –
Iraqi military intelligence announced on Wednesday that (an alleged) leader of the Islamic State militant group and four of his aides were killed during a military operation in Salahuddin province, north of Iraq.
“Troops of the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate, in cooperation with the 88th brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Iraqi Air Force, carried out a military operation in Hamrin Mountains in Salahuddin, leaving an IS leader and four of his aides dead,” Alghad Press quoted the directorate as saying in a press statement.
The IS leader was identified as Talib Garw al Azzawy, the directorate said.
The troops also destroyed nine terrorist hotbeds in the operation, added the statement.
Iraqi premier rejects resignation of seven ministers amid violent protests
by Mohammed Ebraheem Oct 6, 2019, 4:47 pm
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) –
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi was said to have rejected the resignation of seven ministers to prevent the collapse of his government as the country witnesses deadly protests over corruption and poor public services.
A political source told Iraq’s Algahd Press website on Sunday that “several political blocs pressurize Abdul Mahdi to force him to carry out a cabinet reshuffle or render his resignation.”
The source did not clarify the names of ministers, who offered their resignation.
The move comes a day after Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said new elections should be held soon to put an end to deadly protests, which entered their sixth day, leaving scores dead and thousands wounded.
“Respect the blood of Iraq through the resignation of the government and prepare for early elections overseen by international monitors,” a statement from his office said.
An Iraqi human rights commission said on Saturday that the death toll from four days of anti-government protests in Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces rose to 93, while nearly 4,000 others were injured.
The Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), which is linked to the Iraqi parliament, said in a statement that its teams registered the death of 93 people till Saturday noon (12:00 pm).
Of all 567 arrested protesters, 355 have been released, while the others remained in detention centers, the commission said.
Violent protests have erupted in Baghdad and other southern provinces since Tuesday, with demonstrators railing against state corruption, poor public services and unemployment, and demanding the fall of the regime.
Iraqi army says excessive force used to disperse Baghdad protests
by Mohammed Ebraheem Oct 7, 2019, 7:11 pm
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) –
The Iraqi military admitted on Monday that its personnel used excessive force to disperse protests in a district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad last night.
A mass protest led to clashes last nights, leaving 13 people dead, medics and security forces told AFP Monday.
“Excessive force outside the rules of engagement was used and we have begun to hold accountable those commanding officers who carried out these wrong acts,” the military said in a statement.
Reuters, however, reported that 15 people were killed in clashes in eastern Baghdad overnight, citing police and medical sources.
The decision to withdraw army forces comes after at least eight people were killed and 25 wounded in fresh clashes between protesters and police in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, police and medical sources said.
Sunday’s events added to a death toll of more than 100 people killed over days of violent protests. Police, backed by the army, used live rounds and tear gas to disperse the crowds at two separate locations in Sadr City, police said.
The protests pose the biggest security and political challenge for Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s government since it took power a year ago, and have revived fears of a new spiral of violence that could suck in influential militia groups.
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