January 25th, 2013
07:14 AM ET

Iraqi soldiers open fire on anti-government protesters, officials say

Iraqi soldiers opened fire today on Sunni anti-government protesters demanding the Shiite prime minister step down, health officials said.

At least five people were killed and 25 wounded, according to the provincial health officials, in the shootings in Falluja in the western Anbar province, a Sunni stronghold where protesters have been denouncing what they call second-class treatment by the government.

The protest, dubbed "Friday of No Retreat," by organizers is the latest in a series held in predominantly Sunni regions of Iraq. They have been countered by mostly Shiite, pro-government demonstrations, raising fears that the sectarian division could translate to violence in the streets.

Read more: Clashes erupt at Iraqi protest as sectarian tensions flare

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  1. banasy©

    Is this what our soldiers fouight so hard for?
    Religion and politics do not mix.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sokman

    Expect the same here in the US when Nobama allows our Marines to combat "domestic terrorism" in the streets. He wont stop with gangs. This bloodthirsty Regime will end up using our own military as "street sweepers".

    January 26, 2013 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |