Iraq is far too fragile to find itself on a collision course with the US, for the sake of Iran.
Hashd al Shaabi militiamen and their supporters withdraw from US embassy perimeter in Baghdad, a day after they stormed the premises, forcing Washington to dispatch extra troops and threaten reprisals against Iran.
The new law changes each of the country's 18 provinces into several electoral districts, with one legislator elected per 100,000 people.
Demonstrators block roads and bridges in southern cities by burning tyres to condemn Iran's influence and leaders who have failed to agree on a new premier.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani urged leaders to abandon partisan politics in choosing a new head of government and said he would have no involvement in efforts to replace Adil Abdul Mahdi.
Adil Abdul Mahdi says he will step down in response to a call for a change of leadership by the country's top cleric Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, even as more protesters are shot dead in southern Nasiriyah city.
Protesters continue to demonstrate in capital Baghdad's iconic Tahrir Square as new clashes with the security forces, mainly on the nearby Ahrar Bridge, cause fatalities.
Protesters retook control of half of Ahrar Bridge, which leads to the other side of the Tigris River near the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq’s government.
Iraq's ruling elite fear the unity of the Iraqi people because it directly undermines their divisive rule.
Police and medics say Iraqi forces shot dead three anti-government protesters, adding to the hundreds killed in weeks of unrest, as a rights group warned a deadly crackdown could spiral into a "bloodbath."
Iraqi authorities reportedly cut off Internet access for nearly all of Baghdad and the southern part of the country on Tuesday as the latest wave of protests resulted in casualties.
Anti-government protesters continue to shut down roads and government offices in the Iraqi capital, escalating a month-long string of rallies demanding political change.
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