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Pressure Mounts on Iraqi Premier as Protest Death Toll Nears 100

  • Almost 4,000 wounded and at least 200 detained over five days
  • Firebrand cleric called on Premier Abdul-Mahdi to resign
Demonstrations in Baghdad's central Khellani Square on Oct. 4. 

Demonstrations in Baghdad's central Khellani Square on Oct. 4. 

Photographer: Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

Iraq’s Adil Abdul-Mahdi is facing the biggest test of his short premiership after clashes between security forces and protesters killed almost 100 people over five days.

Iraq’s Human Rights Commission said Saturday that 93 people have so far died in the outbreak of violence that also left almost 4,000 wounded. At least 200 people have been detained.