Jeremy Bowen’s Diary: Hope and fear in Baghdad, the aftermath of the Soleimani killing, and history’s lessons

Since October, at demonstrations and sit-ins, Iraqis have been demanding clean politics, real independence and better lives.

Baghdad does not have a good reputation. Check-in staff at airports offer sympathy when you tell them where you’re going. Visiting this city is always hard, but it’s always interesting. After the disappointments of 2011, the year of the Arab uprisings, the Middle East’s overwhelmingly young population is trying, once again, for change. Since October, at demonstrations and sit-ins, Iraqis have been demanding clean politics, real independence and better lives. They have directed a lot...
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2020-01-17 11:50
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