Protests in capital Baghdad saw thousands mobilize outside the prime minister’s office even as the Iraqi parliament continues to debate the 2021 budget for over a month. Protesters in the oil-rich southern region also forcefully shut down an oil field
Militias point to the Iraqi parliament’s resolution which called for the expulsion of foreign troops from Iraq, adding that the US troops are “not welcome in the country”
The missiles have been deployed to Ain al-Assad and Erbil bases in Iraq, both of which recently suffered missile and rocket attacks. Iran has condemned the deployment as a bid to increase tensions in west Asia
Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the blatant provocation by the US in assassinating Major General Qassem Soleimani.
Anti-war protests were held across the US and UK over the weekend in response to the targeted assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Al-Quds forces.
The US president has also threatened Iraq with severe economic sanctions after the country’s parliament passed a resolution demanding the withdrawal of foreign forces
Over 30 militia fighters were killed and 55 others injured in the US strikes which were a response to a rocket attack in which one US civilian contractor was killed
The resignation of prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after two months of popular protests in Iraq has provided an opportunity to overthrow the political system created under US occupation. However, significant roadblocks remain