Hundreds of protesters have stormed Baghdad’s Green Zone. Earlier, the influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accused Iraqi politicians of blocking efforts to implement political reform.
Iran and Iraq have both said they want to cooperate more despite fresh US sanctions on Tehran. The gulf neighbors could increase bilateral trade by $8 billion.
Iraqi MPs meeting in emergency session to resolve the crisis in the southern city of Basra have called for a clampdown. But the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces revolt in parliament over his handling of the crisis.
Protests against corruption, poor services and unemployment are challenging the Shiite political class that since 2003 has pilfered the country's resources. Demonstrations in Iraq are not new, but these are different.
Iraqi protesters have set fire to the Iranian consulate in Basra amid ongoing rallies against corruption and joblessness in the oil-rich city. Parliament has called an emergency session over the crisis.
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