Students in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, marked a moment of silence for the protesters killed by security forces in the south, in the latest escalation of violence since protesters torched Iranian consulate in Najaf.
As the protests across southern Iraq continues, the security forces seem to be increasing the intensity of their efforts to disperse and suppress the protesters. Over the past 24 hours, 37 people were reported dead across cities in southern Iraq, with numbers due to rise amidst on-going clashes.
Protesters and activists across Iraq are preparing for a new round of demonstrations to take place on October 25th. The new protests come after the reform attempts of the Iraqi Government were decried as "prosthetic changes".
Authorities in Dhi Qar Province seek to add some of the province's cultural landmarks into the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, however they complain that the lack of care and funding has resulted in the landmarks physical deterioration.
Iraqi police clamp down on gangs in Dhi Qar (Nasiriya) in southern Iraq who have been trafficking drugs from Iran and the gulf. The drug epidemic has increased especially in the south since the US invasion.