by Abdul Hussain (H/T @ronin_lonewolf – Twitter)
In Iraq, there has reportedly been protests carried out over the past few days, with reports from the International Business Times citing the alleged cause of these protests being the inability to adequately support the country’s public services, and energy/oil sources, alongside political relationship struggles with Iran and the USA, and that it has been suffering from wars with Daesh (the so-called “Islamic State” terrorist group that shares its acronym with a certain Egyptian goddess), and the well-remembered effects of the aftermath of the 2003 Saddam Hussein overthrowing efforts
The death and injury toll for this tragedy, as of October 7th, 2019, stands at over 6000 civilians being injured, with 104 people being biologically terminated, said Iraqi Interior Ministry’s spokesperson, Saad Maan, and according to medical sources via Press TV, the Iraqi political forces were investigating the causes of this event, and it has been found out that according to the medical sources responsible for aiding in the investigation, that the large proportion of the protestors have been sniped down, while 51 public buildings and 8 political party headquarters have been reportedly damaged in the process.
This tragedy has also led to Iraq’s flagship Shi’ite spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, calling for protestors and security forces to end the strife, while Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi urged the protestors to go home, while he intends to hear out the desires and wishes of the disgruntled civilians without any presence of armed forces, and in the earlier days of the protests, Sputnik News has reported that the mainstream social media sites have been blocked during the protests.
However, the Islamic Revolution leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has suggested that there is “an enemy plot” behind the Iraqi discord, and that “it will fail”, and that a Lebanese newspaper outlet, Al-Akhbar, has pointed the blame directly at the USA for attempting to trigger destabilisation moves against Iraq in order to compromise Iran, while during the time of the protests, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has met his counterpart, Mohamed Ali Alhakim for a series of talks, with one of them involving fulfilling contracts for weapons delivery to Iraq, and at the same time, Adel Abdul-Mahdi converses with the USA’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo via telephone, over the recent protests.