Iraqi Prime Minister Announces Resignation Amid Anti-Government Protests

On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his intention to resign from his position. Protesters who had been holding demonstrations against the government since the beginning of October saw this as a cause for momentary celebration, as the former Prime Minister was one representative of a corrupt government. […]

American Vice President Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq Amidst Political Turmoil

On Saturday the 23rd of November, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq. This trip marks the first time Pence has travelled to the nation, with this visit serving multiple purposes. For American troops in the region, Pence’s visit served as a morale booster, with the […]

Deaths Mount As Iraq’s Anti-Government Protests Continue

Seven people were killed on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters at unarmed protesters in Baghdad in a renewed attempt to crush anti-government protests. According to Al Jazeera, the cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly at […]

Mass Anti-Government Protests In Iraq Continue To Flare Up

On last Sunday night, a surge of resentment among anti-government protesters led to an attack on the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala as they perceived Iran to have interfered in Iraq’s domestic affairs. Demonstrators set up barriers surrounding the consulate wall and spray-painted “Karbala is free, Iran […]

Protester Death Toll Rising In Iraq

Since October 1st the death toll of protesters in Iraq has risen to an estimated 300 people over the past few weeks, and continues to rise. In addition to 300 casualties, over 15,000 people have been injured as a result of the relentless and violent attacks from the Iraqi security […]

Masked Gunmen Open Fire On Protesters In Karbala

On Tuesday, masked gunmen opened fire on Iraqi protesters in the Shia stronghold of Karbala. The incident took place in the city’s Education Square, where protesters had set up tents. According to security officials, the attack—one of the single deadliest attacks on protesters in the current wave of anti-government demonstrations […]

Iraq Declares Curfew Amid Ongoing Mass Anti-Government Protests

In the last week, Iraqi security forces have established a curfew from midnight to 6am until further notice in response to the surge of anti-government protests. These protests and the violent response to them have broken the two-year streak of Iraq’s relative stability. Prior to these two years, Iraq had […]

Spiralling Violence as Protestors and Security Forces Clash in Iraq

Ongoing protests in Iraq are continuing to see the use of excessive force by local security. On Saturday, at least 10 Iraqis were killed with dozens more wounded. This violence follows the episodes on Friday which saw at least 52 killed throughout the nation. The current death toll from the […]

Lebanese Protests Enter Tenth Day

Protests in Lebanon have continued into their tenth day, despite calls from the government for the people to desist. Riot police have been called in to try to defuse the situation in Beirut, as demonstrators have clashed with pro-Hezbollah supporters in the capital. Over one million people have taken to […]

Iraq’s Protests That Left Over 100 Dead And 6,000 Injured Have Ended

Amidst growing tensions between its allies Iran and the U.S., Iraq is facing its own set of challenges and controversies within its borders. What started as a demonstration against the dismissal of Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, who contributed significantly in Iraq’s battle against ISIS, turned into protests calling for government […]