Iraqis have taken to the streets to protest against corruption and unemployment [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu]

Fallujah, Iraq – Qutaiba has no intention of joining Iraq’s historic anti-government protests. The more Baghdad bursts into defiant chants, the less the 36-year-old from Anbar province wants any part in his countrymen’s uprising.

“Anbaris have learned their lesson,” said Qutaiba, who asked that his real name not be used.

Since early October, Iraqis have taken to the streets to protest against corruption and the government’s failure to deliver services and economic opportunities. In recent weeks, protesters’ demands have widened to include a complete overhaul of the political system and the resignation of the government. Over the past month, at least 264 people have been killed and thousands wounded

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