Iraq-Security/New Gov't

Iraqis pin hope on new gov't to handle rising security threats

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FILE: Baghdad, Iraq - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of buildings at Green Zone
2. Various of wire mesh, walls, roadblock around Green Zone

Basra, Iraq - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
3. Protesters running away
4. Injured protester being carried away
5. Security personnel firing tear gas
6. Various of fire, smoke
7. Various of protesters

Baghdad, Iraq - Sept 12, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Husham Al-Hashimi, Iraqi security expert:
"I think the next government will focus on improving public services and developing the economy. It will inject more energy to safeguard stability, reconstruction and economic development as well as pay more attention to security in the western region. The new government will launch many projects and make achievements in this regard in the following two years."

FILE: Baghdad, Iraq - May 10, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Iraqi national flags
10. Various of police, security personnel at polling station

Storyline


Protests over the summer in Iraq have raised questions as to whether the country's new government can solve the pressing problems of concern by the people. Many are hoping the politicians can find solutions on issues like security, public service improvement and economic development.

Iraq has seen an improvement in security after it retook the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State militant group last year. However, security has taken a sudden turn and become increasingly worse in the past month.

Three mortar shells were fired last Friday into Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses Iraqi government officials and the U.S. Embassy. The rare assault by the unidentified attackers has come as Iraq struggles with an outbreak of violent protests in the oil-rich southern province of Basra.

Basra has been the epicenter of protests that have rocked Iraq since July, with anger fueled by the pollution of its water supply that left 30,000 people in hospital.

In Baghdad, security forces launched a search operation to try to determine the source of the three mortar shells. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shelling and no casualties were reported. In Basra, 12,000 security personnel were deployed to keep order and a curfew was imposed to cool down the crisis.

Protesters shouted anti-Iran slogans outside the Iranian consulate last Friday evening before storming it and starting a blaze. Many residents have accused Iranian-backed political parties of interfering with Iraqi politics, and some hold them responsible for mismanagement and poor services in the city.

Iraq's new parliament met for the first session on September 3 since May elections but failed to choose a speaker. They are expected to convene on September 15. It is said that the Shiite parties are seeking more alliances to form a new government and will announce the formation of the largest political bloc at the second parliamentary session.

The new government will be tasked with rebuilding the country after a three-year war with Islamic State militants and balancing relations between Iran and the United States.

Uncertainty over the composition of the new government has raised tensions at a time when public impatience is growing over poor basic services, high unemployment and the slow pace of rebuilding after the war with Islamic State.

"I think the next government will focus on improving public services and developing the economy. It will inject more energy to safeguard stability, reconstruction and economic development as well as pay more attention to security in the western region. The new government will launch many projects and make achievements in this regard in the following two years," said Husham Al-Hashimi, a security expert.

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  • ID : 8090619
  • Published : 2018-09-14 12:01
  • Last Modified : 2018-09-14 16:47:27
  • Location : Baghdad,Iraq
  • Category : conflicts, war and peace
  • Duration : 2'02
  • Audio Language : Arabic/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
  • ID : 8090619
  • Published : 2018-09-14 16:46
  • Last Modified : 2018-09-14 16:47:28
  • Location : بغداد,العراق
  • Category : conflicts, war and peace
  • Duration : 2'02
  • Audio Language : العربية/الصوت الطبيعي
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV),China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
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