Iraq vs Iraq
In the autumn and winter of 2019 and into 2020, many cities in Iraq were torn apart by the violence surrounding massive demonstrations. After decades of war and fresh off the territorial defeat of ISIS, Iraq was given no respite from chaos. Thousands of young demonstrators became embroiled in frequent violent clashes with authorities. Protesting widespread corruption and calling for the resignations of high-ranking government officials, the demonstrations evolved into a months-long standoff, often erupting into bloodshed that cost many hundreds of lives.