In the southern city of Basra, seven protesters were killed on Thursday and early Friday, driving up the death toll since October 1 when demonstrations over unemployment began.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been protesting, mostly in Baghdad and southern regions, since last month, demanding sweeping change to the political system established after the 2003 US-led invasion.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi insists on a political reconciliation rather than early elections, but the leaders of the two largest blocs in the parliament insist he must step down.
Iraqis have launched two waves of mass protests this month, calling for the resignation of a government they blame for corruption, economic mismanagement and poor public services.
In the second phase of protests in Iraq, demonstrators are risking everything to demand more — early elections and an answer to the question, who killed the protesters?
Iraq was rocked by demonstrations in early October, first denouncing corruption and unemployment before evolving into calls for an overhaul of the political system.
To help Iraq in tackling Daesh, the US offered to move its troops to Iraq after the Syria pullout. But Washington faced an unprecedented denial from Baghdad.
The most recent protests differ radically in their demands and the harsh government response has raised the stak.
Iraq's political system will continue to fail its citizens unless it undergoes deep reforms, or is overhauled completely.
Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s powerful Quds Force, reportedly told Iranian proxy militias in Iraq that they should be ready for a proxy war. Who exactly are these groups?
Political factions in Iraq have failed to form a government seven months after elections amid deadlocked parliamentary politics. Here are the major issues complicating Iraq’s painful post-election period.
In a government effort to symbolise peace a year after Daesh was defeated in Mosul, the walls of the highly secure Green Zone are slowly being knocked down. Here are the key challenges that persist in post-Daesh Iraq.
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