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An anti-government protester uses a slingshot to fire a stone at security forces during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces fire tear gas during clashes with protesters in Baghdad, Iraq. Mass anti-government protests erupted on October 1 last year, when thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite provinces in southern Iraq to decry rampant government corruption, poor services and lack of employment.

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An injured anti-government protester is rushed to a hospital during clashes with security forces in downtown Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi security forces used pellet guns and slingshots in a confrontation with protesters near Baghdad's Khilani square.

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Anti-government protesters set fire during clashes with security forces in downtown Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi security forces used pellet guns and slingshots in a confrontation with protesters near Baghdad's Khilani square.

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Students take part in the anti-government demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Students take part in anti-government demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

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This combination photo shows tapes covering mouths of students during a protest to condemn a militia attack on Najaf protesters in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq.

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Students and protesters hold national flags and chant slogans during a protest to condemn the militia attack on Najaf protesters in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi officials and activists say multiple anti-government protesters have been shot dead and dozens wounded in clashes with followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq.

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An anti-government protester uses a cardboard box to protects his head during clashes security forces in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters take cover during clashes with security forces in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces try to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes in Khilani Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Posters of protesters who have been killed in anti-government demonstrations and their belongings are displayed in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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A protester kicks a poster with a defaced picture of McGurk, President Donald Trump's former special envoy for the coalition to defeat the Islamic State during a demonstration against the newly appointed Prime Minister Mohammed Allawi in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. Anti-government demonstrators rejected Iraq's new prime minister-designate after he was nominated by rival government factions, compounding the challenges he will have to surmount to resolve months of civil unrest.

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An anti-government protester jumps over burning tires blocking a street during a demonstration against the newly appointed Prime Minister Mohammed Allawi in Najaf, Iraq. Former communications minister Mohammed Allawi was named prime minister-designate by rival Iraqi factions Saturday after weeks of political deadlock.

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Security forces use slingshots to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters use a slingshot to fire a stone at security forces during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq.

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An anti-government protester runs during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters take cover during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces confiscated a Tuk-tuk that belongs to protesters during clashes with anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq.

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An anti-government protester protects his head during the clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces prepare to burn motorcycles belonging to a protester during clashes with anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire to close a key highway on a rainy day in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces fire tear gas on a key highway that was closed by anti-government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire to a key highway on a rainy day in Baghdad, Iraq.

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A protester waves the national flag during clashes with security forces in central Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi security forces also used live rounds, wounding over a dozen protesters, medical and security officials said, in continuing violence as anti-government demonstrators make a push to revive their movement in Baghdad and the southern provinces.

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Anti-government protesters close streets while security forces use tear gas during an ongoing protest in central Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire and close streets while security forces use tear gas during ongoing protests in central Baghdad, Iraq.

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, right, and Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi hold a press conference following their meeting in Baghdad, Iraq.

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U.S. Soldiers walk past a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq.

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Rubble and debris are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq.

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U.S. Soldiers and journalists stand near a crater caused by Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.

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A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq. Iran struck back at the United States for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

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Mourners and family members prepare to bury the body Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias who was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq on Friday, in Wadi al-Salam, or "Valley of Peace" cemetery, during his funeral procession in Najaf, Iraq.

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Mourners march during the funeral of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, in Baghdad, Iraq. Thousands of mourners chanting "America is the Great Satan" marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike.

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Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, during their funeral in Karbala, Iraq.

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Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, during their funeral in the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing.

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Shiite Muslims demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in the posters, in Karbala, Iraq. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing.

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Protesters set fires in front of the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq. Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday. The breach at the embassy followed U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah.

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This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq. The Pentagon said that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

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Fire damage can be seen in a reception room of the U.S. embassy compound, that was burned by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in Baghdad, Iraq. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters had broken into the compound, trashing a reception area and smashing windows in one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory.

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Iraqi security forces stand guard as smoke rises from the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq. U.S. troops fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse pro-Iran protesters who were gathered outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad for a second day. Dozens of pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters had camped out overnight at the gates of the embassy in Baghdad. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters broke into the compound, trashing a reception area and smashing windows in one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory.

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Protesters damage property inside the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq. Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire.

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Protesters burn representations of a U.S. flag during a protest against the U.S. strikes on the Hezbollah Brigades militia, in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian-backed militia said Monday that the death toll from U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria against its fighters has risen to 25, vowing to exact revenge for the "aggression of evil American ravens."

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Women stand near a mural in a tunnel during ongoing anti-government protests in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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Paintings by protesting artists are displayed on a tunnel during ongoing anti-government protests in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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A street vendor displays items with the Iraqi flag colors in Tahrir Square, during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq. Iran-supported groups blasted Iraq's president for not naming their preferred prime minister candidate, saying his decision was at the behest of the United States, and warned him not to designate anyone who could be "an agent of the Americans."

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Wishes and slogans of the protesters are placed on a wall in Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq.

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A poster with defaced pictures of Iraqi politicians and Arabic that reads, "the blood of the protesters and the Iraqi people is on your necks, the conspirators on the people and the religious authority," in hung on the wall near Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Women are wrapped the Iraqi flags during the ongoing protests in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq.

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The months-long peace in Iraq after the ouster of the Islamic State proved tenuous as dissent flared up in Baghdad and elsewhere. Charges of favouritism and bias has stalked Iraq’s sectarian governments—this time, long-suffering citizens decried unemployment, corruption and lack of public amenities, exacting a promise of resignation from PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi. In Tahrir Square, her face wrapped in the national flag, a protestor’s eyes reflect popular anger, tempered by hope.

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Protesters stage a sit-in on barriers at the Sinak bridge leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government, during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Protesters stage a sit-in on barriers at the Ahrar bridge during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq. Pressure from the demonstrations led Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to announce his resignation late last month. That was after Iraq's most powerful religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, withdrew support for Abdul-Mahdi's government.

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Anti-government protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir tunnel during the ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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People pray for protesters who have been killed in protests near a symbolic coffin during anti-government demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces close the Rasheed Street during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Symbolic graves and posters of anti-government protesters who have been killed in demonstrations are displayed in Tahrir Square, during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Scarfs for protesters are displayed on mannequins at an open-air market in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests, in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters stage a sit-in while security forces close a bridge during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Protesters chant anti government slogans and fly Iraqi flags during minor clashes with Iraqi riot police, at a bridge in Baghdad, Iraq. Thousands of Iraqi protesters in the Iraqi capital Baghdad celebrated the two-year anniversary of the defeat of Islamic State group amid protests and public anger.

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Iraqi street artist Sabah Ala', 18 works on a mural, in Baghdad, Iraq.

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An anti-government protester throws a stone during clashes with security forces on Rasheed Street in Baghdad, Iraq.

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An anti-government protester rests during a sit-in at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters and security forces face off on River Street during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters gather near barriers set up by security forces to close Rasheed Street during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq. At least 400 people have died since the leaderless uprising shook Iraq on Oct. 1, with thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite southern Iraq decrying corruption, poor services, lack of jobs and calling for an end to the political system that was imposed after the 2003 U.S. invasion.

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Anti-government protesters wave a flag while standing on a building near Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday, amid ongoing violence and anti-government demonstrations in the capital.

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Anti-government protesters gather during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters shoot fireworks in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. Celebrations have erupted following an announcement by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, would be resigning.

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Anti-government protesters gather on Rasheed Street during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire while security forces close Rasheed Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire while security forces use tear gas during clashes in Najaf, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire while security forces close Rasheed Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq. Scores of protesters have been shot dead in the last 24 hours, amid spiraling violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, officials said.

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Anti-government protesters throw stones towards security forces during continued clashes on Rasheed Street in Baghdad, Iraq. Anti-government protests have gripped Iraq since Oct. 1, when thousands took to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite south. The largely leaderless movement is accusing the government of being hopelessly corrupt, and also decries Iran's growing influence in Iraqi state affairs.

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Security forces inspect the burned Iranian consulate in Najaf, Iraq. An Iraqi police official says anti-government protesters have burned down the Iranian consulate in southern Iraq late Wednesday. Protesters torched the Iranian consulate building in the holy city of Najaf, the seat of the country's Shiite religious authority. Iranian staff working in the consulate escaped through the back door and were not harmed.

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Anti-government protesters gather on Rasheed Street in Baghdad, Iraq. Several protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds in Baghdad and southern Iraq amid ongoing violence and days of sit-ins and road closures, Iraqi officials said.

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Anti-government protesters set fire to close streets and bridges during ongoing protests in Basra, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters set fire to block streets during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters throw stones while security forces close Rasheed Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq. Several protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds in Baghdad and southern Iraq amid ongoing violence and days of sit-ins and road closures, Iraqi officials said.

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An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes on Rasheed Street in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters throw stones while security forces close Rasheed Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq.

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An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters on Rasheed Street in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Security forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes on Rasheed Street in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Protesters throw stones at riot police during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq.

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An anti-government protester throws throw back a tear gas canister fired by police during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Anti-government protesters gather while security forces block al-Rashid Street during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's massive anti-government protest movement erupted Oct. 1 and quickly escalated into calls to sweep aside Iraq's sectarian system. Protesters occupy several Baghdad squares and parts of three bridges in a standoff with security forces.

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Protesters gather during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-Government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi officials said several protesters were killed as heavy clashes erupt in central Baghdad.

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Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Protesters eat donated food during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq

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Protesters stage a sit-in on barriers at the Sinak Bridge, leading to the Green Zone government areas, during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq

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Saif Ali, third from left, and his bride celebrate their wedding inside a protesters' tent during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq. The poster in the background shows a demonstrator killed during protests.

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Protesters sit on a concrete wall erected by security forces to close a street leading to the Green Zone government areas, during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad, Iraq

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Protesters take control of some concrete walls and barriers set by security forces to close the al-Sinak bridge leading to the Green Zone government areas during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad, Iraq. Security and medical sources say protesters advanced deeper toward the fortified seat of Iraq's government, after security forces pulled back following a night of violent altercations.

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Protesters use a slingshot to fire a stone at police during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators, in downtown Baghdad, Iraq

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Protesters trying to extinguish a tear gas canister fired by police during the clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators, in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrations, in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.

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An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq

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Riot police fire tear gas and smoke bombs during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq

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Iraqi security forces try to disperse anti-government protesters during ongoing protests in downtown Baghdad, Iraq

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Iraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in central Baghdad, Iraq

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Iraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in central Baghdad, Iraq

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