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Clashes Rise in Southern Iraq

Jobless Protesters Confront Ukrainian Troops and Local Police. The boom of exploding dynamite packets, followed by the rat-a-tat of returning assault-rifle fire, echoed all Tuesday morning through the streets of this gritty, once peaceful city on the Euphrates River, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. Angry demonstrators confronted Ukrainian army tanks and Iraqi police at City Hall plaza for the second day in a row. A block away, Ali Aziz, 35, a stocky, out-of-work laborer, watched the battle from behind a schoolyard wall, red-eyed and shaking with anguish. “I have three children to support, we are living in one rented room and I have to hold up a bucket to the ceiling when it rains,” he said. “I helped protect the city offices during the war, but now the old thieves are back inside, and they only give jobs to their friends.” The protesters were “out there to defend all our rights,” he said. Full Story

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