2019 Iraq protests - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2019 Iraq protests


Iran spy agency leaks reveal 'vast' sway in protest-hit Iraq

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Iraq has had close but complex ties with its large eastern neighbor, whose sway among Iraqi political and military actors grew vastly after the US-led invasion of 2003

POINT MAN. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force, speaking during an interview with members of the Iranian Supreme Leader's bureau in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRIB

Top Shiite cleric says protests will forever mark Iraq

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional,' says Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani

PROTESTS. In this file photo, Iraqi demonstrators gather in al-Khalani square in central Baghdad on November 9, 2019, during clashes with Iraqi forces. File photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Renewed live fire in Iraq capital as blackout, sit-ins persist

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Mass rallies have continued in the capital and across Iraq's Shiite-majority south, despite a renewed internet blackout and violence that has left nearly 280 dead

MORE PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters wearing Guy Fawkes maskes hold up a banner with revolutionary slogans in English during continuing anti-government protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on November 6, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq protests enter 2nd month, defying pledges of reform

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:08 PM

More than 250 people have died and 10,000 have been wounded in the past month as protests evolved into calls for the 'downfall of the regime'

SECOND MONTH. Iraqi protesters gather at Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 1, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iraq president says PM willing to resign, vows early polls

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Iraqi President Barham Saleh says Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi is ready to step down but there is so far no one to take his place

RESIGNATION? Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony in Baghdad on October 23, 2019 for Major General Ali al-Lami, a commander of the Iraqi Federal Police's Fourth Division, who was killed the previous day in Samarra in the province of Salahuddin, north of the Iraqi capital. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP)

Iraq army declares curfew in Baghdad after student protests

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The move sparks concern security forces want to clear out main gathering places like the capital's Tahrir Square, occupied by demonstrators for 4 consecutive nights

PROTESTS. Iraqi medical students take part in an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 28, 2019. AFP photo

Iraq students join protests as pressure on government swells

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The protests are unprecedented in recent Iraqi history for their ire at the entire political class, including Abdel Mahdi, parliament speaker Mohammed Al-Halbussi and even traditionally revered religious leaders

PROTESTS. Iraqis demonstrators wave a national flag (L) and another bearing the words 'O Hussein' in Arabic, referring to the prophet Mohamed's grandson Imam Hussein ibn Ali, in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

More than a dozen dead in renewed Iraq protests as thousands rally

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The demonstrations represent a second phase of a weeklong movement in early October demanding an end to widespread corruption, unemployment and an overhaul of the political system

NEW PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters march with national flags and pictures of people who were killed before in previous protests earlier in the month, during an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 25, 2019. AFP photo

Top Iraq cleric says government responsible for protest deaths

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani gives authorities 'two weeks' to release the findings of an investigation into the more than 100 deaths recorded during the protests since October 1

PROTEST. This file photo shows smoke rising from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. File photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

Iraq begins national mourning for protest dead

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Since protests and violence calmed on October 8, the government has proposed reforms to lower youth unemployment, currently at 25%, while the labor ministry proposed an online job register

PROTESTS. In this file photo, Iraqi protestors shout slogans during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on October 2, 2019 in the southern city of Basra. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Calm returns to Iraq as U.S. condemns violence

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Traffic has again clogged the main roads of the sprawling city of 9 million inhabitants. Students have returned to schools, whose reopening was disrupted by the violence.

CALM. A member of the Iraqi security forces mans a checkpoint in the capital Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 8, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraqi president urges end to 'escalation' after days of deadly protests

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:52 PM

President Barham Saleh appeals for a 'halt to escalation' and proposes a 'national, all-encompassing and frank dialogue…without foreign interference' to chart a way out of the crisis

IRAQ PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters speaks with members of police in Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq military admits 'excessive force' used in deadly protests

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'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 says

PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters take part in a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's central Khellani Square on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP