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Iraq: Anti-Government Protesters Set Iranian Consulate in Najaf Ablaze

1 MIN READNov 27, 2019 | 21:42 GMT

Anti-government protesters in Iraq have set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf, Reuters reported Nov. 27. The consulate's staff evacuated before the incident....

What Happened: Anti-government protesters in Iraq have set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf, Reuters reported Nov. 27. The consulate's staff evacuated before the incident.

Why It Matters: Although the majority of Iraq's anti-government protests are rooted in nationalist sentiment, some demonstrations include strong anti-Iranian elements as some protesters frequently express their resentment against Tehran's visible involvement in Iraqi political, economic and military affairs.

Background: Over 300 people have been killed and more than 15,000 injured in waves of anti-government unrest that includes widespread protests against a lack of economic opportunity, political corruption and government inefficiency.

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