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Iraq PM Urges End to Protests While Army Busy Fighting Daesh

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, May 26 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi appealed on Thursday for an end to protests against his government while the armed forces are fighting to retake the city of Falluja from Daesh insurgents. Abadi is trying to refocus the attention of Iraq’s unruly political parties on the war on Daesh so

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Obama, Iraqi PM Want Tighter Security After Green Zone Storming

WASHINGTON, May 22 – U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi agreed on the need for tighter security in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone after protesters stormed the area, the White House said on Saturday. At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured on Friday in clashes with security forces in the

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Four Killed, 90 Injured in Baghdad’s Green Zone Riots: Hospitals

By Ahmed Rasheed and Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD, May 21 – At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured when security forces ejected them from Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, hospital sources said on Saturday. Iraqi security forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas on Friday to dislodge the demonstrators

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U.S. Says Iraq’s PM In “Strong Position” Amid Political Unrest

By Phil Stewart STUTTGART, Germany, May 3- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi is in a strong position despite political unrest in Iraq, thanks in part to battlefield successes and his commitment to a multi-sectarian state, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday. “He seems to be in a very strong position. Obviously we support him

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Iraqi Protesters End Green Zone Sit-In For Now After Issuing Demands

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 2 – Protesters camped out in Baghdad’s Green Zone for 24 hours left the heavily fortified government district on Sunday after issuing demands for political reform but they pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure. Iraq has endured months of wrangling

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Sadr’s Supporters Camp Outside Iraq Parliament; Political Crisis Deepens

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 1 – Hundreds of supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr stormed parliament inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and camped out nearby after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified central

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Iraq’s Sadr Begins Sit-In Inside Green Zone To Push For Reforms

By Kareem Raheem and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, March 28 – Powerful Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Al Sadr entered Baghdad’s Green Zone, the heavily-fortified center of the capital housing government buildings and embassies, on Sunday to keep up pressure on the government to enact reforms. Thousands of Sadr‘s supporters began a sit-in at the district’s gates more than a week

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