Military presence halts protests in Iraq's Kurdistan

By REUTERS
April 29, 2011 14:37

 
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SULAIMANIYA, Iraq - The deployment of thousands of heavily armed troops in Iraq's Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya appears to have quelled, for the moment, two months of protests against corruption and authoritarian rule.

The protests in the semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region were the largest and most sustained of rallies across Iraq, which followed uprisings around the Middle East. Thousands protested every day for weeks, demanding the removal of their government.

"They failed 100 percent," said Jamal Anwar, commander of a military unit deployed in Sulaimaniya's main square, where protesters had gathered daily since February. "They thought they could topple the government. Their agendas have all failed."

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