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Protesters killed during Iraq hours after US sanctions Iraqi militia leaders

At least 23 anti-government protesters were shot dead by unidentified forces on Friday, according to a quote by Reuters, citing medical and police resources.

“Three of the designees… .were led from the Iranian regime when they or the armed forces group they direct committed serious human rights abuses,” explained David Schenker, the US’ Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs.

Among these is that the mind of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a highly effective Iran-backed militia accused of being behind sniping attacks on protesters.

The U.S. Treasury sanctioned pioneer Qais al-Khazali, his brother Laith al-Khazali, who’s a commander from the group, also Husain Falih Aziz al-Lami.

Countless Iraqis have taken to the streets in Baghdad along with the mostly Shiite southern Iraq decrying corruption, poor solutions, shortage of jobs and calling for an end to the political system which was enforced following the 2003 US invasion.

Security forces have frequently used live rounds and tear gas to disperse the demonstrations, resulting in heavy casualties.

Anti-government activists have sought to attribute fans of Iran-backed Iraqi militias, which have staged similar strikes against protester sit-ins from the capital and the nation’s southern towns.

A series of mysterious knife strikes against anti-government protesters also happened on Thursday from the square, after fans of their Iran-backed militias tried their rival protest before withdrawing.