Pompeo 'deplored' the death toll at protests in phone call with Iraqi PM -State Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi 'deplored the death toll' among protesters due to the crackdown of the Iraqi government and urged him to take immediate steps to address demonstrators' demands, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Tuesday. Iraqi security forces on Monday shot dead two protesters in the city of Nassiriya, bringing to 300 the number of people killed since protests against political corruption, unemployment and poor public services erupted in Baghdad on Oct.

Reuters November 13, 2019 01:12:37 IST
Pompeo 'deplored' the death toll at protests in phone call with Iraqi PM -State Dept

Pompeo deplored the death toll at protests in phone call with Iraqi PM State Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi "deplored the death toll" among protesters due to the crackdown of the Iraqi government and urged him to take immediate steps to address demonstrators' demands, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Tuesday.

Iraqi security forces on Monday shot dead two protesters in the city of Nassiriya, bringing to 300 the number of people killed since protests against political corruption, unemployment and poor public services erupted in Baghdad on Oct. 1 and spread to the southern Shi'ite heartlands.

(This story corrects spelling of Iraq prime minister's name in first paragraph)

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chris Reese)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

U.S. Senate panel advances bill to aid Ukraine, pressure Nord Stream 2
World

U.S. Senate panel advances bill to aid Ukraine, pressure Nord Stream 2

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday to deliver aid to Ukraine in its struggle with Russia and pressure companies helping to build Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that could deprive Kyiv of lucrative transit fees. The Ukraine Security Partnership Act https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/S.%20-%20Ukraine%20Bill%20(as%20filed).pdf, which was approved by voice vote, authorizes $300 million in foreign military financing, of which $150 million would be subject to conditions

Sirens warns of possible rocket attack near Israel's Dimona reactor
World

Sirens warns of possible rocket attack near Israel's Dimona reactor

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Sirens sounded in the southern Israeli district of Abu Qrenat near the Dimona nuclear reactor on Thursday, the Israeli military said without immediately providing further details. Such siren alerts are generally activated by rocket attacks. A Reuters reporter about 90 km (56 miles) away from Abu Qrenat heard the sound of an explosion minutes before the military's text message.