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#1 LFC

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 03:21 PM

We don't see Iraq in the news very much anymore but it's inner stability is still important to something approximating peace in the region. Unfortunately Iraq has been destabilizing as the people express their unhappiness with the government. The PM just said he'd resign but where does that leave the country really?

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced plans to resign in the wake of a rapidly rising death toll in anti-government protests across the country.

Mahdi made the announcement on Friday, just one day after security forces opened fire on a protest group in Nasiriya, a city in southern Iraq. At least 24 people died, and more than 210 were injured, according to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. Four protesters died in Baghdad and 10 died in Najaf Thursday — making it one of the bloodiest days since the protests began in October.

The protests began in opposition to corruption, Iraq’s high unemployment rate, and foreign interference, but have now evolved into a complete rejection of the political establishment. Many protesters have expressed anger over the violent response that has met demonstrators: At least 354 people have been killed by security forces, with at least another 8,104 injured.

Following the violence in Nasiriya, Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top cleric, criticized the government’s heavy-handed approach and urged parliament to withdraw its support from Mahdi’s government to prevent further deaths.

On Friday, Mahdi headed that call, saying he was swayed by the religious leader’s words and would voluntarily step aside in order to help Iraq “preserve the blood of its people, and avoid slipping into a cycle of violence, chaos and devastation.”

Following the resignation, protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, at which many demonstrators have camped out for almost two months, burst into celebration. But much of that joy was mixed with caution: Mahdi’s resignation came at the cost of hundreds of lives and many acknowledged change will not be imminent.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 03:26 PM

I remember hearing that the protests in different parts of Iraq are over different things as well. That's got to add to the chaos surrounding this.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 03:45 PM

OK Bush and everybody, explain to us again how removing Saddam Hussein was going to bring democracy to the Middle East.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 04:04 PM

 golden_valley, on 02 December 2019 - 03:45 PM, said:

OK Bush and everybody, explain to use again how removing Saddam Hussein was going to bring democracy to the Middle East.

The Thirty Years War was a necessary event for democracy to flourish in Europe. Just give Iraq a century or three.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:36 PM

WAPO had a great summary in morning 202of this unrest all over the world this morning. Iran is revolting as well. Gonna be an interesting year coming up.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:02 PM

 Traveler, on 02 December 2019 - 06:36 PM, said:

WAPO had a great summary in morning 202of this unrest all over the world this morning. Iran is revolting as well. Gonna be an interesting year coming up.

Great! The US is so stable right now with solid allies, the current Secretary of State, and the President playing general or admiral as the notion strikes him. We're ready!





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