Iraq violent protests: Military commander fired

Baghdad, Nov 28: The Iraqi government fired the new military commander after 25 people were killed in violent protests that have erupted in Baghdad and in several Shiite provinces in the south over unemployment, alleged government corruption and a lack of basic services.

Security forces opened fire with live ammunition to disperse anti-government protesters in the southern city of Nasiriya, medical sources said.

Authorities in the capital, Baghdad, dispatched troops to “restore order” in southern Iraq, which has seen massive protests for weeks, the military said in a statement on Thursday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered the dismissal of Lieutenant-General Jamil al-Shammari less than a day after he was named military commander.
ore than 300 people have been killed and 15,000 injured in Iraq since the start of anti-government protests on October 1.

Protesters have demanded the government to step down and hold early elections under direct supervision of the United Nations.

More than 230 wounded as security forces open fire on demonstrators in Nasiriya a day after Iran consulate was torched in the southern holy city of Najaf, in the strongest expression of anti-Iranian sentiment by Iraqi protesters, who have taken to the streets in Baghdad and Iraq’s mainly Shia south since early October.

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