December 5, 2019

IntelBrief: Protesters Trying to Push Beyond the Status Quo in Iraq

Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Celebrations have erupted following an announcement by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, would be resigning. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban).
  • On December 1, the Iraqi Parliament approved the announced resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
  • The courage of the protesters was on display even as the Iraqi security forces killed more than 400 protesters through a brutal countrywide crackdown.
  • Protesters are demanding wholesale change in the daily lives of Iraqis struggling to achieve economic and political progress.
  • The United States has stayed mostly on the sidelines during the protests, perhaps reflecting a lack of American leverage in Iraq.