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Protesters leave Baghdad's Green Zone

The Green Zone protesters issued an escalating set of demands, including a parliamentary vote on a technocrat government. Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Protesters who have spent the last 24 hours camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone have begun to leave the heavily fortified area.

The protester's pledged to return next week to keep pressure on government. Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

It comes after hundreds of people stormed Iraq's government district on Saturday after lawmakers failed to meet for a vote on overhauling the regime.

The crowds, who issued demands for political reform before they left the Green Zone, pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure.


Deadly car bomb attack in Baghdad kills 'at least 13'

At least 13 people have died in a Baghdad car bomb attack targeting civilians in the Iraqi capital's south east, Reuters reports, citing police sources.

More than 40 people are believed to have been injured in the blast at a market in the Nahrawan district.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamic State regularly attacks civilians in and around the Iraqi capital.

The death toll could rise given the high number of injuries, the sources said.

Two Brits and Irish man released from Kurdish jail

Two British men and one Irish man have been freed from jail in Iraq after being detained as they travelled home from fighting against the so-called Islamic State, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

Former soldier Joe Akerman, Jac Holmes, and former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Joshua Molloy were incarcerated in a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Iraq after crossing a border with Syria.

It is understood the men, who are believed to have been fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), were freed last night.

Mr Molloy's father Declan said the family was "jumping for joy".

"You know that Christmas morning feeling, it's a bit like that, when you find your most sought-after present under the tree, the dream present. That's how we feel," he said.


US marine killed by rocket attack in northern Iraq

US soldiers in Iraq in 2011 Credit: Reuters

A US marine fighting the Islamic State in Iraq has been killed in an attack on a base in the north of the country, defence officials have said.

The serviceman died in a rocket attack on a base in Makhmur, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

The identity of the slain marine has not yet been released publicly.

CNN quoted a defence source as saying that a small number of other American troops were also wounded in the attack. The source declined to give any further details.

Today's fatality is one of only two US military deaths in combat in Iraq since 2011.

The last US serviceman to die in the conflict was Army Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, who was killed during a rescue mission last October.

'American' Islamic State fighter captured in Iraq

An Islamic State fighter from the United States has reportedly been taken into custody in northern Iraq, according to CNN.

An Islamic State militant with an American passport has reportedly been captured Credit: Reuters

The fighter, who has an American passport, was captured near Sinjar, after emerging from territory controlled by the militant group in Syria.

He was handed over to Kurdish authorities in the region.

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