Iraqis protest corruption, deteriorating security situation

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) delivering his report regarding situation in Iraq, at the UN Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Iraqi capital Bagdad to protest against corruption and call for reforms, according to the UN special envoy to the country.

Speaking to members of the Security Council on Friday, Ján Kubiš, said the demonstrations were in response to the overall deteriorating security situation.

He also briefed on the lessons learned from what he called the "liberation of Fallujah" from the ISIL terrorist group otherwise known as Daesh.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The majority of Friday's protestors were supporters of Muqtada Al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shia cleric, the UN special envoy for Iraq confirmed.

These demonstrations have been going on in recent months, defying a government protest ban, according to media reports.

Here's Ján Kubiš .

"Protests against the government have also emerged in response to the deteriorating security in Bagdad in the wake of the terrorist attacks notably in Karada on the 3rd of July that victimized hundreds of civilians. A barbaric act that all of us condemned in the strongest terms. Of concern are repeated calls supported by many politicians to conduct in retaliation executions of those convicted of terrorist attacks.

Noting the success of the campaign to retake the town of Fallujah from a two-year stranglehold by ISIL or Daesh terrorists, Mr Kubiš said it was proof that Iraqi forces could defeat the group in the long run.

He also said the lessons learned from the Fallujah campaign could be taken into account when planning the liberation of Mosul, a town that has been in the grips of Daesh since June 2014.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’16″

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