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The United States military has carried out strikes in Iraq and Syria against Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). The air strikes allegedly carried out by drones targeted the Kataib Hezbollah forces, who are part of the Hashd al-Shaabi, in their headquarters near the western al-Qa'im district on the border with Syria.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says he will submit his resignation to the country's parliament following a day of intense bloodshed and in response to a call for a change of leadership by the country’s top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Iraqi Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari says a “third party” is behind shooting at the Iraqi demonstrators, as the smoke canisters used to kill the protesters are not of the type imported by the Baghdad government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has called on Iranians not to travel to Iraq until further notice.
Baghdad has suspended Saudi state-owned broadcasters Al-Hadath TV and Al Arabiya over their misguiding coverage of recent protests in Iraq.
Spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry has expressed deep regret at the escalation of violence that has killed and injured dozens of Iraqi people in the recent protests, reaffirming Tehran’s support for the Iraqi government, people, and public demands.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says all of the American troops pulling out of northeastern Syria will move to western Iraq.
Muqtada Sadr, the influential leader of the Sadrist Movement of Iraq, has called on the Iraqi people to come to Karbala on Arba’een and chant slogans against the US, the Zionist regime and the corrupt Iraqi officials.
Iraqi authorities have lifted a days-long curfew in Baghdad as normalcy returns to the streets of the country's capital.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has released a statement in reaction to the recent scattered unrest in some Iraqi cities, and issued a travel advice for Iranian Arba'een pilgrims.