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Iraq deploys Counter-Terrorism Service in response to nationwide protests

Iraq deploys Counter-Terrorism Service in response to nationwide protests

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Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi deployed the country's elite Counter-Terrorism Service on Sunday in response to nationwide protests. The forces said the move was meant to control violent protests centered in Baghdad and Nasiriya that began on Friday opposing corruption and calling for a reform of the country's political system. "Counter-Terrorism Service forces have been deployed in some areas of Baghdad to protect state buildings from undisciplined elements taking advantage of security forces being busy with protecting protests and protesters," the forces said in a statement. The U.N. Iraqi High Commission on Human Rights said 74 people were killed over the three-day period, most while attempting to enter political party headquarters. Most were shot to death by se...
Iraq protests: Death toll soars in 24 hours of demonstrations

Iraq protests: Death toll soars in 24 hours of demonstrations

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The death toll in anti-government protests that have swept Iraq the past four days has soared to at least 44, security and medical sources say. The figure has nearly doubled in the past 24 hours, as clashes between protesters and police intensified.The military said "unidentified snipers" had killed four people in Baghdad, including two police officers.Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi earlier said protesters' "legitimate demands" had been heard, but appealed for calm.Spontaneous protests erupted on Tuesday amid frustration over Iraq's high youth unemployment rate, its dire public services and chronic corruption.It is seen as the first major challenge to Mr Mahdi's fragile government, nearly a year since he came to power.'No magic ...
UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq over Iran ‘threat’

UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq over Iran ‘threat’

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor Britain has raised the threat level for UK forces and diplomats in Iraq because of what sources say is a heightened security risk from Iran, Sky News can reveal.The UK has also put its personnel and their families in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on an increased state of alert. The UK assessment appears to be similar to US claims of a heightened threat amid escalating tensions between Donald Trump's administration and Tehran. One Whitehall source said Britain believes there is an increased likelihood of Iran or its proxies taking action against British, US or other allied interests in the region in a way that can be plausibly denied so as to avoid triggering an all-out war.The targets would most likely be ...
Iraq ferry sinking: 'Nearly 100 dead' in Tigris river

Iraq ferry sinking: 'Nearly 100 dead' in Tigris river

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Almost 100 people are reported to have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris river in Iraq's city of Mosul.Most of the victims were women and children, the interior ministry reportedly said. It is thought nearly 200 people were on board.The ferry was said to be heading towards a tourist island as part of new year celebrations.Mosul's civil defence agency reportedly said most on board could not swim.At least 19 children and 61 women were among the 94 people said to have died, and 55 people were rescued.Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered an investigation "to determine responsibilities".In a statement Mr Mahdi said he was following the story "with pain and sadness", and had ordered "all state efforts" to find survivors and ...