(Last Updated On: October 7, 2019)

Iraq’s powerful Hashed al-Shaabi force, which is mostly integrated with the state, said on Monday that it is ready to implement government orders to prevent “a coup d’etat or a rebellion.”

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As protests in the country have left more than 100 dead, Faleh al-Fayyadh, who heads the force, said in Baghdad that he wanted “the fall of corruption, not the fall of the regime,” AFP reported.

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The rallies began on Tuesday with calls to reduce youth unemployment and corruption, but have spiraled to demand a total overhaul of the Iraqi political system.

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The government has announced a series of reforms to create jobs, boost social welfare and oust corrupt officials, but have also accused “saboteurs” of infiltrating the protests.

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