Iraq: all-women protest held in holy city of Najaf | AFP

Hundreds of Iraqi women stage a march in the Shiite holy city of Najaf insisting on their right to play a central role in the protest movement sweeping the country.

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Iraqi protesters clash with riot police in Baghdad’s Al-Khilani Square | AFP

Iraqi protesters clash with riot police following an anti-government demonstration in the capital Baghdad’s Al-Khilani Square.

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Snowflakes | AFP Animé

Videographic examining snow and snowflakes. Residents of Baghdad rushed to have snowball fights or take photographs Tuesday as the Iraqi capital woke carpeted in white by only its second snowfall in a century.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Iraqi students protest against new PM Mohammad Allawi in Basra | AFP

Iraqi students march during an anti-government protest against the new Iraqi prime minister designate Mohammad Allawi in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Allawi was named prime minister-designate after a hard-won consensus among Iraq’s rival parties, who had struggled to agree on a candidate since outgoing premier Adel Abdel Mahdi resigned under growing street pressure two months ago.

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Blocked roads and burning tires as Iraq protests resume | AFP

Iraqi protesters blocked roads on Tuesday in an attempt to pressure authorities to implement long-awaited reforms. Anti-government rallies have rocked Iraq since October but had thinned out in recent weeks amid spiralling tensions between Baghdad’s key allies Tehran and Washington.

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Security forces and anti-government protesters clash in Iraq’s Karbala | AFP

Iraqi anti-government protesters take to the streets in the shrine city of Karbala and clash with security forces. Youth-dominated demonstrations have rocked several cities in Iraq since early October in outrage over government graft, a lack of jobs and the political influence of neighbouring Iran.

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Main types of Iranian missiles | AFP Animé

Videographic on ballistic missiles in Iran and their range. Iran said Wednesday it respects Iraq’s territorial integrity, after firing missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Trump urges NATO to be ‘more involved’, tells Iran: US ‘ready to embrace peace’ | AFP

US President Donald Trump urges NATO to “become much more involved” in the Middle East and tells world powers to “break away from the remnants” of the Iran nuclear deal, as he addresses the US in the wake of an Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases housing US and other foreign troops. Trump touts American military strength but adds “we do not want to use it” and tells Iranians “the United States is ready to embrace peace.”

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Administration officials arrive to brief Congress on Iran situation | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of Defense and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley arrive in Congress to brief the House of Representatives on the Iranian missile strikes against Iraqi bases. The closed-door briefing comes after US President Donald Trump assured US citizens that Iran appeared to be “standing down”, during televised address to the nation. IMAGES

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Trump announces immediate ‘additional punishing sanctions’ on Iran | AFP

US President Donald Trump announces announces immediate “additional, punishing economic sanctions” on Iran. He was speaking after missile strikes on US troop bases in Iraq that resulted in no American or Iraqi deaths. SOUNDBITE

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‘No Americans harmed’ in Iranian missile attack: Trump | AFP

US President Donald Trump says “no Americans were harmed” in Iran’s missile attack on Iraqi bases housing US and other foreign troops. Iran said it had acted to avenge the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week, warning it would hit back even harder if Washington responded. SOUNDBITE

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Iran: Images of Iranian missiles being launched from Kermanshah Province | AFP

Iran Press broadcasts images presented as Iranian missiles being launched from western Kermanshah Province. Iran launched missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops early Wednesday in retaliation for last week’s US drone strike that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Hashed deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. IMAGES

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Iran fires missiles at US troop bases in Iraq | AFP

Iran fires missiles at Iraqi bases housing the US military, in the first act of Iran’s promised revenge for the US killing of a top Iranian general.

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Iran TV footage reportedly shows rockets launched at airbase housing US troops in Iraq | AFP

Video footage released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reportedly shows rockets launched at Ain al-Asad airbase, a US military installation in Iraq. The attack on the Iraqi airbase in the country’s west, where US and coalition forces are based, comes after pro-Tehran factions in Iraq vowed to “respond” to a US drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. N°1NJ2A8N°1NJ2H7

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