Iran the common villain in Middle East protests: Pompeo Dec 03, 2019 0 101 12345 AFPWashingtonUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Iran was the uniting factor behind protests around the Middle East, saying demonstrators in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran itself opposed the clerical regime.While acknowledging diverse local reasons for the unrest that has swept the Middle East as well as other regions, Pompeo pointed the finger at Iran, considered an arch-enemy by President Donald Trump’s administration.Iraqi premier Adel Abdel Mahdi resigned “because the people were demanding freedom and the security forces had killed dozens and dozens of people. That’s due in large part to Iranian influence,” Pompeo said. “The same is true in Lebanon, the protests in Beirut,” he said at the University of Louisville.“They want Hezbollah and Iran out of their country, out of their system as a violent and a repressive force,” he said.He said that protests inside Iran -- which Amnesty International says have killed more than 200 people -- showed that Iranians were also “fed up.” “They see a theocracy that is stealing money, the ayatollahs stealing tens and tens of millions of dollars,” he said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Israel’s Netanyahu given until January 1 to request immunity Dec 03, 2019 0 115 DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE IN KUWAIT Dec 03, 2019 0 143 30 killed across Syria as violence escalates Dec 03, 2019 0 102 Demonstrator killed in new anti-UN protest in DR Congo Beni: A young man was killed and five other people were wounded on Monday in a new protest against UN forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an AFP reporter saw. Demonstrations have erupted in the city of .. Burkina Faso begins military operation after church attack Ouagadougou: Security forces on Monday launched a military search operation after 14 people were killed in a “barbaric attack” on a Protestant church in Burkina Faso’s east, authorities said. Security personnel were .. 17 killed, 36 injured in Morocco bus crash Rabat: A bus crash in northern Morocco killed 17 people as the vehicle overturned, the health ministry said on Monday, in the second such accident in North Africa the same day. The bus crashed on Sunday near Taza, a town .. Air strikes in Libyan capital kill five, says govt health ministry Tripoli: At least five civilians were killed and 10 wounded in overnight air strikes in a suburb of Libya’s capital, the unity government’s health ministry said on Monday. “Violent air raids on the residential area of .. S Sudan compound attacked by gunmen Juba: An international aid organisation said on Monday that a group of armed men had stormed their compound in northeastern South Sudan, assaulting and injuring five staff members. Relief International said the attack .. Iran unrest killed ‘at least 208’: Amnesty International AFP LondoN At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during a crackdown on protests in Iran last month that followed a sharp fuel price hike, Amnesty International said on Monday. “The number of people believed .. Iraq parties in talks over new PM amid unrelenting protests AFP Baghdad Iraq’s rival parties were negotiating the contours of a new government on Monday, after the previous cabinet was brought down by a two-month protest movement insisting on even more deep-rooted change. After ..