Overwatch: Crisis Brief
Overwatch: Crisis Brief
Institute for the Study of War
Iraq Crisis Brief: Mass Protests Resume in Iraq
8 minutes Posted Nov 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm.
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Mass protests resumed in Baghdad and across the Shi'a-majority provinces in southern Iraq despite the Iraqi government's attempts to de-escalate through concessions and limited reforms. Protesters torched political offices and media headquarters in multiple provinces, chanting slogans against both the Iraqi government and Iran's proxies in Iraq. One Iranian proxy militia reportedly used live ammunition against protesters. ISW's Research Director Jennifer Cafarella and Iraq expert Samantha Leathley discuss Friday's escalation and what could follow. *Originally published October 25, 2019.