Ahmed Aboulenein

Threats, arrests, targeted killings silence Iraqi dissidents

30 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD After armed men raided the home of Hussein Adel al-Madani and his wife Sara Talib last year, the Iraqi activists spent months of self-imposed exile in Turkey, changed address upon returning home and ceased participating in protests, according to two friends of the couple.

Iraq protesters torch Iran consulate in Najaf, curfew imposed

28 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf and set fire to the building on Wednesday bringing a new level of violence to demonstrations aimed at the downfall of a government backed by Tehran.

Iraqi forces kill four protesters, cleric warns of crisis

23 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces killed four protesters in Baghdad on Friday, according to police sources, and forcibly dispersed activists blocking the main port near Basra, as the country's top cleric called for electoral reforms to end the unrest.

Soccer euphoria brings no lasting respite to Iraq violence

15 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD An overnight celebration of a soccer victory offered only brief respite to Iraq's violence, as anti-government protesters returned to the streets and security forces fired on them with live ammunition, killing at least three and wounding dozens.

Top Iraqi cleric casts doubt on reforms offered to defuse unrest

11 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric on Monday expressed concern that the political elite is not serious about enacting reforms in the face of mass unrest and said protesters should not go home until concrete steps had been taken to meet their demands.

Deadly clashes reignite in Iraq despite cleric's call for calm

09 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD - Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters broke out on Friday killing at least three people, despite a call for calm by the country's top Shi'ite cleric, as authorities grapple with the nation's biggest crisis in years.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges

07 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one person, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital. | Video

Iraqi forces shoot dead 13 protesters in renewed crackdown

06 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours, dispensing with weeks of relative restraint in favour of trying to stamp out demonstrations against political parties that control the government.

At least six killed as security forces open fire on Iraq protesters

05 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Iraqi security forces killed at least five people when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands took part in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades. | Video

Protesters block roads to Iraqi port, demand end to foreign meddling

04 Nov 2019

BAGHDAD Security forces killed a protester and wounded 91 others in Baghdad on Saturday, security and medical sources said, as tens of thousands of Iraqis gathered in mass anti-government protests in the capital and blocked roads leading to a major port. | Video

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