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Iraq protesters wage Battle of the Bridges

Iraqi demonstrators block Al-Sanak Bridge during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 4, 2019. Baghdad's main bridges have become focal points of anti-government demonstrations as protesters block them in an effort to bring the country to a standstill.

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Iraqi demonstrators block Al-Sanak Bridge during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 4, 2019. Baghdad's main bridges have become focal points of anti-government demonstrations as protesters block them in an effort to bring the...more

Iraqi demonstrators block Al-Sanak Bridge during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 4, 2019. Baghdad's main bridges have become focal points of anti-government demonstrations as protesters block them in an effort to bring the country to a standstill. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Smoke rises as Iraqi demonstrators scuffle with riot police at Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. 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. The shootings took place on or near three of Baghdad's main bridges - Ahrar, Shuhada, and Bab al-Muadham.

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Smoke rises as Iraqi demonstrators scuffle with riot police at Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one...more

Smoke rises as Iraqi demonstrators scuffle with riot police at Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. 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. The shootings took place on or near three of Baghdad's main bridges - Ahrar, Shuhada, and Bab al-Muadham. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iraqi demonstrators climb Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. More than 260 Iraqis have been killed since the start of October in the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Protesters are demanding the overthrow of a political class seen as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.

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Iraqi demonstrators climb Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. More than 260 Iraqis have been killed since the start of October in the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Protesters are demanding the...more

Iraqi demonstrators climb Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. More than 260 Iraqis have been killed since the start of October in the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Protesters are demanding the overthrow of a political class seen as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Demonstrators and tuk-tuk drivers are seen on a bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. Since defeating 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. The root cause of grievances is the sectarian power-sharing system of governance introduced after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Many see political elites as subservient to one or another of Baghdad's main allies, the United States and Iran, who use Iraq as a proxy in a struggle for regional influence.

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Demonstrators and tuk-tuk drivers are seen on a bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. Since defeating Islamic State in 2017, Iraq has enjoyed two years of comparative stability. But despite its oil wealth, many people live in poverty with limited...more

Demonstrators and tuk-tuk drivers are seen on a bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. Since defeating 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. The root cause of grievances is the sectarian power-sharing system of governance introduced after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Many see political elites as subservient to one or another of Baghdad's main allies, the United States and Iran, who use Iraq as a proxy in a struggle for regional influence. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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Iraqi demonstrators carry away a boy affected by tear gas in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. Protesters are now escalating their tactics, saying civil disobedience is their only recourse and calling for strikes as the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, in office for a year, has found no response to the protests.

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Iraqi demonstrators carry away a boy affected by tear gas in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. Protesters are now escalating their tactics, saying civil disobedience is their only recourse and calling for strikes as the government of Prime Minister Adel...more

Iraqi demonstrators carry away a boy affected by tear gas in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. Protesters are now escalating their tactics, saying civil disobedience is their only recourse and calling for strikes as the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, in office for a year, has found no response to the protests. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Demonstrators take cover in front of Iraqi security forces at Al Jumhuriya bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Demonstrators take cover in front of Iraqi security forces at Al Jumhuriya bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Demonstrators take cover in front of Iraqi security forces at Al Jumhuriya bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Smoke rises as Iraqi demonstrators scuffle with riot police at Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Smoke rises as Iraqi demonstrators scuffle with riot police at Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Smoke rises as Iraqi demonstrators scuffle with riot police at Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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An Iraqi demonstrator uses a slingshot under Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

An Iraqi demonstrator uses a slingshot under Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

An Iraqi demonstrator uses a slingshot under Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iraqi demonstrators fire flares towards riot police at Al Jumhuriya in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Iraqi demonstrators fire flares towards riot police at Al Jumhuriya in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Iraqi demonstrators fire flares towards riot police at Al Jumhuriya in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iraqi flag and religious flags are seen as demonstrators take cover at Al Jumhuriya bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi flag and religious flags are seen as demonstrators take cover at Al Jumhuriya bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi flag and religious flags are seen as demonstrators take cover at Al Jumhuriya bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraqi demonstrators sit under a bridge as they attend an anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi demonstrators sit under a bridge as they attend an anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi demonstrators sit under a bridge as they attend an anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Demonstrators block Al Shuhada bridge during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Demonstrators block Al Shuhada bridge during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Demonstrators block Al Shuhada bridge during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Riot police stand at Al Shuhada bridge in Baghdad, Iraq November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Riot police stand at Al Shuhada bridge in Baghdad, Iraq November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Riot police stand at Al Shuhada bridge in Baghdad, Iraq November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraqi demonstrators climb Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Iraqi demonstrators climb Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Iraqi demonstrators climb Al Jumhuriya bridge in Baghdad, November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Demonstrators block Ahrar bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Demonstrators block Ahrar bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Demonstrators block Ahrar bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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Riot police and security forces are seen at Al Jumariyah Bridge in Baghdad, October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Riot police and security forces are seen at Al Jumariyah Bridge in Baghdad, October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Riot police and security forces are seen at Al Jumariyah Bridge in Baghdad, October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraqi demonstrators are seen on a bridge in Baghdad, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Iraqi demonstrators are seen on a bridge in Baghdad, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Iraqi demonstrators are seen on a bridge in Baghdad, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
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An Iraqi demonstrator cleans the ground on a bridge in front of Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

An Iraqi demonstrator cleans the ground on a bridge in front of Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

An Iraqi demonstrator cleans the ground on a bridge in front of Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
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Iraqi demonstrators sleep on Al-Sanak Bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi demonstrators sleep on Al-Sanak Bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi demonstrators sleep on Al-Sanak Bridge in Baghdad, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraqi army forces guard at Al Shuhada bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi army forces guard at Al Shuhada bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraqi army forces guard at Al Shuhada bridge in Baghdad, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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