At least 25 killed, 110 injured in mass Iraqi Kurdish protests

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Kurds have been out for two days in furious mass rallies in protest of the cutoff of their pay checks. The Kurdish Republic’s treasury is empty ever since October, when the Iraqi army seized the Kirkuk oilfields, which were the main source of Kurdistan’s revenue. KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said he fully sympathizes with the protesters but mass riots and destruction won’t solve the republic’s economic crisis. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday he would not allow the Kurdish riots in Iraqi towns to be put down by force. However, DEBKfile reports large concentrations of Iraqi troops building up outside Irbil, the KRG’s capital.

 

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5 thoughts on “At least 25 killed, 110 injured in mass Iraqi Kurdish protests

  • Dec 21, 2017 @ 5:48 at 5:48
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    Why should the fake colonial-designed state of Iraq, which has been milking the US treasury for years, and the cause of so much death and destruction be oppressing the best US ally in that part of the Islamic- dominated Iraq, the Kurds? It is time to push back on the Iranian-controlled Iraqi gov and force them to end their occupation of Kurdish land by both the Arab and Mullofacist interlopers.

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  • Dec 21, 2017 @ 9:49 at 9:49
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    Trump needs to pressure Iraq to back off of the Kurds, or lose all help we’re giving them. The Kurds defeated ISIS, not Iraq. ISIS kicked Iraq’s ass until the American advisers and guns showed up. I don’t think Trump will let Iraq slaughter the Kurds like Saddam did, but with Kurdistan being landlocked, I’m just not sure what we can do about it except invade Iraq again. Lord knows we’re tired of fighting there.

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  • Dec 21, 2017 @ 16:21 at 16:21
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    Erdogan is trying to build an alliance against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. Trump could support Kurds to get back at him.

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    • Dec 22, 2017 @ 2:05 at 2:05
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      Agree with Anonymous. Turkey is lost to NATO and gained by Putin anyway. Ukrainians had fought the Turks for ages and enjoyed it too. They should be embedded with the Kurds to fight inside Turkey and in Iraq.

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  • Dec 23, 2017 @ 2:17 at 2:17
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    As the Syrian regime shells SDF positions east of Euphrates, and the snowfall in Kurdistan attract tourists from central, southern Iraq, The Kurd’s see ISSI as the number 1 threat, when its really Iran. Iran offensive against Kurdistan independence began, October 16, 2017. The Arabs in Baghdad well cosign what ever Tehran wants.

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