The leader of the Sadrist movement asks his supporters to raise the sit-in tents in Tahrir in Baghdad and other governorates (audio recording)

Baghdad / Obelisk: An audio recording of a Sadrist movement leader shows on Friday that the leader of the movement has asked his supporters to raise the sit-in tents in Tahrir Square in Baghdad and other provinces.


Relative calm in Tahrir Square, central Baghdad

Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

Today, Friday, Tahrir Square and its surrounding areas in Baghdad witnessed a relative calm after hot and bloody days, during which dozens of dead and wounded were among the demonstrators.

The Al-Ghad Press correspondent said that Al-Tayaran Square and the area near Cordoba Square under the Mohammed Al-Qasim Bridge and the highway are now witnessing a state of relative calm.

He added that the riot police from time to time shoot in the air or advance towards the demonstrators by wheels or on foot and then retreat, as there were no clashes since the day before yesterday.

It is noteworthy that in the past few days, this area witnessed hit-and-run operations between demonstrators and riot police, who used live bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse them.

Killing and wounding 27 demonstrators in Baghdad

Time: 1/24/2020 7:54 PM

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} A security source and eyewitnesses reported that 27 protesters were killed and wounded in the capital, Baghdad.

“Two protesters were killed and 25 wounded during clashes between protesters and the security forces in Baghdad today, Friday,” she said.

The member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ali Al-Bayati, revealed yesterday, in a press statement, the death toll and injuries among the demonstrators since the beginning of this month, and until yesterday.

Al-Bayati said that 16 protesters were killed in the capital, Baghdad, the central and southern governorates, after security forces used live bullets and tear gas canisters.

Al-Bayati added that 2364 people, most of them demonstrators, including 268 members of the security services, were wounded.

Amnesty International said in a report yesterday that more than 600 protesters have been killed since last October, noting that it has verified that Iraqi security has used live ammunition against the protesters.

Al-Sadr, “Moataba” the liberation demonstrators: I will try not to interfere with you from now on


Yassin Iraq: Baghdad,

the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, today, Friday, thanked him for the millionaires demonstrators, while he blamed the demonstrators for the Tahrir Square and the rest of the provinces because of their “skepticism” despite him “standing by their side,” according to Sadr.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet followed by “Yassin Iraq”, that he would try not to interfere with those who doubted him “neither by the negative nor the affirmative”, declaring “his anger and innocence by delaying the progress of the formation of a strong and independent government.”

<img data-attachment-id=

The President of the Republic arrives in Rome on a short visit to meet the Pope

Time: 1/24/2020 08:19 PM

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, arrived today, Friday, on a short visit to the Italian capital, Rome.

A presidential statement, received by the agency (Euphrates News), said that it is “hoped that President Saleh will meet His Holiness Pope Vatican Francis, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to discuss the latest political developments at the regional and global levels, the region and the world’s need for peace and harmony, and an agenda The upcoming visit of His Holiness the Pope to Iraq, as well as issues of common concern. “Ended

Sadr Declares A Temporary Halt To “Resistance” Against The American Presence

Last update January 24, 2020

Al-Mustaqila / Al-Sadr announced the end of the resistance against the American presence in Iraq, calling for scheduling the American military withdrawal, while thousands of protesters continued to flock to the Tahrir Square in the center of the capital.

On Friday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced an initiative to stop temporarily to resist the foreign presence in Iraq, schedule the exit of the “occupier’s forces” and enter a truce with him, and not Iraq to go to war with him and punish those who violate the truce, calling on the government to adopt or amend it and then adopt it.

In a speech delivered at the demonstrators, who went out in Baghdad calling for the exit of the American forces and their ” independent ” followers , he added, “Although we wore hearts on the shields, we were and are still martyrdom projects for the sake of religion and the homeland, but we are sensitive to the conditions of Iraq and its people. The scales. ”

He indicated that, therefore, every effort will be made to not throw Iraq into another war with the sinful occupant who perched on the chest of Iraq, and as soon as it perched on him, “Until the corrupt people shed on us, Iraq’s wealth was lost, sectarian and ethnic rumors spread among us, violence in the midst of the Iraqi people, and the filling of Iraq in public mass graves and became A hotbed of terrorism and militias, poverty and disease spread, its sovereignty was violated, land and air, and its borders were wide open to those who fled and bore and became a stage for political conflicts, external interference, and even an arena for settling accounts with opponents and much more.

He added that all peaceful political, economic, social, cultural and popular methods will be exhausted. If the demand for scheduling the occupation forces is effectively and visually achieved on the ground, then this will continue.

He pointed out that the exit of the “occupier” can only be achieved by closing all American military bases present on Iraqi soil, closing the headquarters of American security companies and ending their work in Iraq, and closing the Iraqi airspace to the occupying war and intelligence in addition to canceling all security agreements with the occupant due to the absence of an international balance in them. Because it was approved in light of the occupation.

Al-Sadr called on US President Donald Trump not to deal in his speeches and decisions with Iraq with superiority, superiority, and systematicness, “otherwise we will meet him in kind.” The outputs will be dealt with on the basis of a non-occupied country, otherwise it is a country hostile to Iraq if it violates the conditions and the specified period.

On the Iraq side, he added, he will abide by declaring a temporary halt to the resistance until the last soldier leaves and work to punish anyone who tries to violate the sovereign armistice on either side. Al-Sadr stressed the necessity of merging the popular crowd with the Ministries of Defense and Interior, and in the event that this is not done, the crowd must fully comply with all decisions issued by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces as part of the security system.

Al-Sadr considered that achieving the sovereignty of Iraq and preserving its unity and territorial integrity is only possible with the departure of all foreign forces on its lands and the non-interference in Iraq’s affairs, especially political, economic and cultural affairs.

He called on the government to conclude non-aggression agreements and treaties with all neighboring countries based on mutual respect for sovereignty in accordance with the United Nations Charter and to prevent all official and unofficial parties from external communication except through official channels and with prior approval and the adoption of the principle of reciprocity with foreign countries to preserve the sovereignty and prestige of the state. He called on the government to protect the headquarters of diplomatic missions, embassies and their staff for all countries, prevent violations and hold perpetrators accountable.

The demonstrators flocked to Tahrir Square in Baghdad today in support of the protesters’ demands.



Supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest against the US presence in Iraq during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

3 Hours ago

SULAIMANI — Thousands of supporters of Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr turned out on Friday (January 24) for a brief rally in the al- Jadiriyah area of Baghdad in what had been billed as a “million-strong” march against the US presence in Iraq.

Chanting slogans against the US and Israel and holding Iraqi flags, the crowd gathered for several hours before a representative of Sadr read a message condemning the continued presence of US troops and then urged the crowd to disperse.

“Our demand is that the conquerors should get out. We want to kick US out of Iraq, and not just US, we want them all out and for Iraq to achieve complete independence,” one protester told NRT Digital Media reporter Omed Muhammad during the rally.

“We don’t want US or Iran or Saudi Arabia or Turkey in our country, we want them out completely,” he added.

In his speech, Sadr’s representative said that all foreign troops should leave Iraq, security agreements between with the US should be canceled, and air space closed to US military and surveillance aircraft.

The march had caused concern that it would distract from the months-long protests against the government centered on Tahrir Square in Baghdad and in cities across the southern provinces in which more than 500 people have been killed.

The Iraqi security forces had been deployed to the area overnight to ensure that there was no attempt by the Sadrists to march towards Tahrir or the Green Zone, where Iranian-backed militiamen staged a violent show of force outside the US embassy last month.

The issue of foreign troops in Iraq came to head earlier this month following the US’ assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, angering many Shia members in the Council of Representatives who called on caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to request that US and coalition forces leave the country.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 12:57 p.m.…

The President of the Republic comments on the Friday demonstrations

Time: 1/24/2020 1:36 PM

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) President of the Republic Barham Salih commented on the popular demonstrations that took place today, Friday, against the American military presence and protection of Iraqi sovereignty.

Saleh said in a tweet to him on Twitter: “The Iraqis insist on a state that is not fully violated, serving its people and expressing their independent national will, away from interference and dictates from abroad. “.

The Al-Jadriya area southwest of the capital, Baghdad, witnessed today, Friday, mass demonstrations that the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had called against the American military presence and the call to protect the sovereignty of Iraq.