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Violent Protests Threaten Iraqi Regime

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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3 Oct 2019
Violent Protests Threaten Iraqi Regime
Israeli and Western leaders were looking with alarm on Thursday at the growing tumult within Iraq, including protests in Baghdad and several other cities which have turned violent, prompting police to use live ammunition on protesters as well as driving into crowds with heavy vehicles in an effort to disperse them. Internet access and other forms of communication have been shut down by the government so accurate reports of the ongoing situation has become difficult to obtain, but at least three people have died and hundreds of others have been wounded in the clashes amidst fears of a growing revolt against the Western-backed regime in Baghdad led by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

Protesters told some journalists that they were fed up with the high levels of government corruption, unemployment, low level of government services available to the public and related issues. Meanwhile, analysts warned that both Iran and the resurgent Islamic State terror militia were poised to take advantage of the chaos while others spoke of yet another wave of refugees pouring out of the Middle East into Europe.

Here is a podcast giving some further analysis of the situation in Iraq

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