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World U.S. calls on Iraq to hold early elections

10:35  11 november  2019
10:35  11 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

UPDATE 6-Iraqi forces kill 10 protesters in Baghdad and Basra

  UPDATE 6-Iraqi forces kill 10 protesters in Baghdad and Basra Iraqi security forces shot dead at least six anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Thursday and killed four others as they broke up a sit-in in the southern city of Basra, police and medical sources said. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Iraqi riot police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters gathering on the al- Shuhada (Martyrs) bridge in central Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in Iraq to protest widespread corruption, a lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, despite Iraq’s vast oil reserves.

entered into a formal electoral alliance with the AKP, had called on Tuesday for elections to be held in August.. Erdoğan said Turkey’ s ongoing campaigns in Syria and Iraq , where it has intervened to fight But experts and observers say the early elections are meant to get ahead of the effects of

Iraqi Kurds — close allies of the U . S . — held elections Sunday. They're starting to turn away from old founding fathers to vote for new leaders with different Voters in Iraq ' s three Kurdish regions went to the polls yesterday to elect a new regional parliament. This part of Iraq has been semi-autonomous

BAGHDAD, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The United States has called on Iraq's government to stop using violence against protesters, reform its electoral system and hold early elections, after weeks of unrest in which security forces have killed nearly 300 protesters.

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The protests that began on Oct. 1 were initially focused on a lack of jobs and services but quickly morphed into denunciation of the sectarian power-sharing system of government introduced in 2003 and the political elites they say benefit from it.

Security forces have used live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades against mostly young and unarmed protesters, killing more than 280 people.

Rockets hit Iraq base with US troops; no word on casualties

  Rockets hit Iraq base with US troops; no word on casualties A barrage of Katyusha rockets targeted an Iraqi air base that houses American troops south of the city of Mosul on Friday, two security officials said. There was no immediate word of casualties from the attack. The rocket fire appears to have originated in Mosul and struck the Iraqi army base in Qayyara, about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Mosul, where a U.S.-led coalition is helping Iraqi forces battle remnants of the Islamic State group. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Wednesday called elections for June 24, almost a year and a half earlier than scheduled, saying the situation in Syria and Iraq , as well as economic stability year that Mr. Erdogan had campaigned for strenuously, with the obvious intention that he would be the first president to hold the enhanced office.

The U . S . called for "the Iraqi government to halt the violence against protesters and fulfill President (Barham) Salih' s promise to pass electoral reform and hold early elections ." Abdul-Mahdi reiterated an earlier order forbidding security forces to use excessive violence, such as live rounds, against

"The United States joins the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq in calling on the Iraqi government to halt the violence against protesters and fulfil President Salih's promise to pass electoral reform and hold early elections," the White House press secretary said in a statement posted by the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Monday.

Iraqi leaders agreed on Sunday that electoral reforms should give more chance for young people to participate in politics and break the monopoly on power of political parties that have dominated state institutions since 2003, state media reported.

The unrest, the worst for two years, is one of the biggest and most complicated challenges to the current ruling elite since it took power after the U.S. invasion and toppling of autocrat Saddam Hussein in 2003. (Reporting by Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Russia repatriates 32 children of IS members from Iraq .
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has repatriated another 32 children of members of the Islamic State group from Iraq. Russia’s state TV on Tuesday showed footage of the children arriving at Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow. It said the children aged between one and nine will undergo extensive medical check-ups before relatives take them home. Russia’s state TV on Tuesday showed footage of the children arriving at Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow. It said the children aged between one and nine will undergo extensive medical check-ups before relatives take them home.

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