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World Violence in protests 'absolute tragedy': NATO Iraq chief

19:55  17 november  2019
19:55  17 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The protests spread to other cities in predominantly Shiite Muslim southern Iraq , where policemen said they increasingly encountered demonstrators Iraq ’s state news agency said Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi invited representatives of the protesters to parliament to discuss their demands.

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The violence surrounding waves of anti-government protests across Iraq has been "an absolute tragedy", NATO's Iraq chief told AFP on Sunday at the close of his year-long mandate.

a man holding a microphone: Major General Dany Fortin, the Commander of the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI), in an interview in Baghdad on Sunday© SABAH ARAR Major General Dany Fortin, the Commander of the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI), in an interview in Baghdad on Sunday

More than 330 people have died since October 1 in rallies in Baghdad and cities across the south calling for an overhaul of the current government, making them Iraq's deadliest demonstrations in decades.

"While the events of the last six weeks are an absolute tragedy, NATO continues to urge restraint to the government of Iraq," said Canadian Major General Dany Fortin, the outgoing commander of NATO's Iraq mission.

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The NATO bombing marked the second major combat operation in its history, following the 1995 NATO bombing Some protested that these actions were violations of international law and the Geneva Conventions. Yugoslav air defenses were much fewer than what Iraq deployed during the Gulf War

The NATO Training Mission- Iraq (NTM-I) was established in 2004 at the request of the Iraqi Interim Government under the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1546.

The year-old operation advises and trains Iraqi troops at three military schools, but Fortin said it did not have a mandate to train forces in crowd control.

Iraqi security forces have come under fierce criticism in recent weeks over their use of live rounds, machine gun fire and tear gas in response to protests.

They have been accused of firing tear gas canisters at point-blank range, leading to "gruesome" deaths and injuries when canisters pierce protesters' skulls or lungs.

Iraq's security forces include traditional military troops and federal police, as well as the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, whose various factions have been ordered to integrate into the state structure.

The military had "atrophied" following a bloody fight to defeat Islamic State group jihadists, said Fortin, describing efforts to reform it as "a generational issue".

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The 2012–13 Iraqi protests started on 21 December 2012 following a raid on the home of Sunni Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi and the arrest of 10 of his bodyguards.

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"That takes 20 to 30 years. You're not going to see change in one year," he said.

Iraq's army was dissolved after the United States-led invasion of 2003 that toppled then-dictator Saddam Hussein.

The US then spent more than a decade helping restructure the military and the rest of Iraq's state institutions.

US, European, NATO and other forces are still deployed across Iraq to train security forces.

Fortin said NATO's operations had suffered "setbacks" in recent months, including from the protests and escalating US-Iran tensions.

Iraq has been trapped between its top two allies Tehran and Washington, who have long been at odds over the former's nuclear ambitions.

The alliance's chief, Jens Stoltenberg, told AFP in September that Tehran had been "destabilising" the region.

Fortin will be replaced at the end of November by Major-General Jennie Carignan, who will lead roughly 580 personnel, including from non-NATO partners such as Australia, Sweden and Finland.

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