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Protests erupt in southern Iraq as man sentenced for tweeting against PMU

Security concerns for southern Iraq have risen following an attempted suicide attack near Karbala and deadly protests in Nasiriyah sparked by a prison sentence for a man accused of insulting security forces.
Mourners accompany the casket of one of the two protesters killed earlier in clashes.

BAGHDAD — Following the sentencing of a young man for allegedly tweeting comments offensive to Iraq’s security forces, protests broke out this week in the southern Shiite-majority city of Nasiriyah in which at least two other young men were killed.

In another area over an hour by road south of Baghdad, suicide attackers a few days before had been thwarted by the security forces. One of the men managed nonetheless to blow himself up, killing two members of the country’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

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