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Tishwash: Special security force secures the transfer of funds from the Green Zone ..

A specialized security force escorted trucks transporting money from the Green Zone to an unknown location, a security source said Wednesday.

The source told “Kilkamsh Press” that “12 money trucks exited just before the Green Zone to protect a large security force.”

He continued: “It is not known the nature of the money transferred and its return and where it is destined.”

The source believed that “the unstable security situation was the reason for the transfer of funds from the Green Zone,” This came after mass demonstrations in the capital Baghdad and some of the southern provinces.   link

LLL:  What are they doing???

PamD:  Earlier today, a friend text my hubby that Frank26 said 12 huge armored trucks left the Green Zone. He says the lower denoms are in those trucks. Headed for the banks, I guess!

LounDebNC:  I was thinking the lower denoms too

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TishwashPresidency of the Parliament: Saturday’s session will be devoted to discuss the demands of the demonstrators   link

GreatlyBlessed:  Iraq under curfew and Internet blackout as government wrestles to halt protests

Oct. 3, 2019 at 6:18 a.m. EDT

BAGHDAD — Much of Iraq woke up to a curfew and an Internet blackout Thursday, as the government tried to quell widening protests as the death toll among demonstrators rose.

Hundreds have been wounded and at least 18 killed, medical officials say, since security forces used tear gas and live ammunition Tuesday on crowds of protesters in Baghdad and many cities in the south. The violent security response spurred a second day of protests, which grew angrier as the crackdown continued.

Clashes in Baghdad stretched well into the night Wednesday, hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared an indefinite curfew in the capital. Hours later, the U.S.-led coalition reported a series of explosions inside or near the city’s so-called Green Zone, a heavily fortified pocket of land hosting government institutions, embassies and military bases.

Hundreds wounded in Iraq as police fire tear gas, bullets at protesters

“No Coalition facility was struck. Coalition troops always reserve the right to defend ourselves, attacks on our personnel will not be tolerated,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the coalition.

There are roughly 5,000 American troops stationed in Iraq to assist government forces fight the remnants of the Islamic State group there.

The widening protests have centered on issues that plague everyday life in the oil-rich country, among them corruption, poor services, and unemployment. There have been few improvements in the two years since Iraqi forces pushed the militants from major cities, and for many civilians, life is getting worse.

Iraqi security forces opened fire and threw tear gas at anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Oct. 3, in clashes which left one child dead. (Reuters)

Abdul Mahdi’s fragile, year-old government has struggled to appoint ministers to key positions, or to tackle the graft that economists now describe as endemic, drawing money away from public services and into the pockets of people with political connections.

“Enough,” read one of the signs held aloft in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, as clouds of white tear gas engulfed the ragged crowd.

As the day worn on, sporadic reports of more live fire and deaths trickled out from Iraq’s southern provinces: five in the city of Amara, five more in Nasiriyah. Although smaller, the protests showed no signs of abating.

There were also suggestions that political scores may have been settled under cover of the violence. Security officials reported Thursday that masked gunmen had burst into the house of high profile activist and cartoonist Hussein Adel Madani, killing him and his wife, Sara Madani. Their 2-year-old daughter survived.

Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Thursday that the unrest had forced the closure of two border crossings popular with Iranian pilgrims.

General Qasem Rezai, a commander of the country’s border guards, said that the Khosravi and Chazbeh crossings had been closed since the night before.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iraq-under-curfew-and-news-blackout-as-government-wrestles-to-halt-protests/2019/10/03/dbf89288-e5a8-11e9-b7da-053c79b03db8_story.html

Cutebwoy:  Sistani calls on three authorities to reform “real” and holds parliament “a greater responsibility”

Sistani demonstrations Iraq

2019/10/04 04:42:48

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The office of Iraq’s top cleric, Ali al-Sistani, called on the three authorities in Iraq to take steps leading to “real” reform, four days after bloody protests in Iraq.

The representative of the Marjaiya Ahmad Al-Safi read the statement of Sistani’s office in the Friday sermon in Karbala, stressing that “there have been unacceptable and condemned attacks on demonstrators, associates and property in Baghdad and a number of provinces.” The government institutions are in painful and unfortunate scenes similar to what happened in some previous years. ”

He added, “The religious authority has always demanded that the authorities and parties that hold the reins of power to change their approach to the problems of the country and to take serious steps towards reform and combating corruption and bypassing quotas and patronage of the state administration and warned those who are reluctant to reform and are betting that the claims will be relaxed. Claims that eased will return much stronger and wider. ”

He added, “The reference calls on the three authorities to clear practical steps for real reform, and stresses that the House of Representatives, with its legislative powers bear the greatest responsibility in this area.”

“Unless the large parliamentary blocs from which the government emerged from its approach and did not respond to the reform requirements and requirements in a real way, nothing will be achieved on the ground.”

“The judiciary and the oversight bodies have a major responsibility in fighting corruption, prosecuting corrupt people and recovering the people’s money from them, but they have not done what was necessary in this regard,” he said.

Al-Safi added, “ The government should fulfill its duties and do its utmost to alleviate the suffering of citizens by improving public services, providing job opportunities for the unemployed and staying away from favoritism in government appointments.It should complement the files of defendants to manipulate public funds and acquire them in preparation for bringing them to justice. ”

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