Why is Iraq angry?
Iraq has been rocked by protests and riots. This West Asian country, rich in oil, has been torn by multiple wars and infighting.
Thousands of people have been demonstrating in different parts of the country against corruption, unemployment and poor public services.
Security forces use water cannon, tear gas, live rounds and rubber bullets to fight them, but sometimes the mob turns violent and there are shootings. Scores of protesters have been killed and thousands wounded.
Iraq was earlier ruled by dictator Saddam Hussain, who was defeated by the US forces. After that, Islamic radicals took over the country. But they were crushed and Adil Abdul-Mahadi became the prime minister of the country.
But two years after the defeat of Islamic State, not much has changed. Even today nearly 40 million population live in worsening conditions despite the country’s oil wealth.
Security is better than it has been in years, but bad infrastructure has not been rebuilt and there are no jobs. The protesters blame the political parties who do not represent them properly.
The protests are not led by any political party and mostly carried out by local youths. But there is also a danger that Islamic State may resurface because of this unrest in public.