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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Iraq protests threaten long-sought stability

In this episode we speak to Patrick Osgood about how Iraq is failing to follow through with previously hopeful signs of progress.

Iraqi riot police prevent protesters from storming the provincial council building during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, on July 15, 2018. AP
Iraqi riot police prevent protesters from storming the provincial council building during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, on July 15, 2018. AP

It was looking like Iraq was turning the corner last year, after defeating ISIS and garnering more confidence from its Arab neighbors. But recent protests that have left more than 800 wounded and 11 dead are dampening the optimism.

These latest demonstrations started over three weeks ago with residents of Basra upset over high unemployment, and a lack of electricity or fresh water.

In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, we talk to journalist Patrick Osgood about the protests in Iraq and the regional implications of unrest in the country. Listen here:

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