Iraq's president names a former governor of Najaf city Adnan Zurfi as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting.
The US strikes that target Shia militias actually target a branch of the Iraqi Army.
Mohammed Allawi represents the same establishment protesters want to get rid of, and this is best encapsulated by Moqtada al Sadr's u-turn on the protest movement.
The demonstrations comes ahead a Sunday midnight deadline for naming an interim prime minister. that was missed by the country's parliament.
Adil Abdul Mahdi says he will step down in response to a call for a change of leadership by the country's top cleric Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, even as more protesters are shot dead in southern Nasiriyah city.
Iraq's ruling elite fear the unity of the Iraqi people because it directly undermines their divisive rule.
The United Nations had earlier urged for an end to violence in Iraq, during six days of anti-government rallies marred by the killing of over 100 people, mainly protesters.
More than 4,000 people have also been injured since the protests against chronic unemployment, poor public services and widespread corruption erupted in the capital on Tuesday.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
Iraq’s PM Haider al Abadi said on Saturday that the war against Daesh is over after more than three years. Abadi said that Iraq had been "totally liberated" from Daesh militants.
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