At least 12 people were killed, and 23 were wounded in recent violence:
During a speech delivered by a representative on Friday, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani blamed security forces for failing to protect anti-government protesters. He warned that Iraq must also form a new government that the people trust.
In Baghdad, 10 protesters were wounded in Watba Square on Friday.
A grenade was thrown at an independent think tank in Najaf, wounding one person. The al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue works on encouraging economic, cultural, and political dialogues for the enhancement of democratic experience, according to a mission statement. Separately, security forces have apparently been ordered to ensure the safety of protesters in Sadrain Square.
Two female bodies were recovered bearing gunshot wounds in Mosul.
An explosion killed a soldier in Buhriz.
Artillery fire in Eith left six militants dead.