Iraqis angry at the government’s slow pace of reforms have ramped up their protests, sealing the streets of capital Baghdad with burning tyres and threatening further escalation unless their demands are met.

Protesters on Sunday blocked roads in Iraq‘s capital and in the holy city of Najaf a day before their deadline to the government on making progress on reform pledges expires.

Fearing Iraq would be caught in the middle of the geopolitical storm amid rising Iran-US tensions following the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the Iraqi protesters last Monday gave the government one week to announce its reform measures.

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A leaderless uprising erupted in Iraq on October 1, with thousands taking to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shia southern Iraq, decrying corruption, poor

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