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Four people were killed and over 40 were injured as a result of clashes between protesters and police in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the city of Nasiriyah, Reuters reported referring to the local police and doctors.

According to them, one protester was killed, over 30 were injured in Baghdad. Clashes took place near Tahrir Square. Doctors report three dead and 14 wounded demonstrators in Nasiriyah. Protests also took place in other cities of the country.

The security forces used weapons and tear gas against the demonstrators.

'Million march' was held in Baghdad on January 24 and other cities of the country demanding the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr demanded in an appeal to the Iraqis that the country's airspace be closed for US military purposes and the US troops be prohibited from using Iraqi military bases 

The US actions were criticized by the Iraqi authorities as since December 29, 2019 they were attacking Shia groups in Iraq. The Iraqi parliament, with Muqtada al-Sadr block considered the largest, adopted on January 5 a resolution demanding the complete withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country. US President Donald Trump refused to do so, threatening Iraq with unprecedented sanctions.

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