Iraqi PM Seeks More Security for Reuters Bureau

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Thursday he had asked for help in protecting the Reuters office in Baghdad after the news agency's bureau chief left the country due to threats.
Abadi, who has been in Washington meeting with President Barack Obama to seek support in fighting Islamic State militants, said he was seeking more information after last week's departure from Iraq of Reuters bureau chief Ned Parker.
After a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit, a post on a Facebook page linked to armed Shi'ite groups demanded Parker be expelled.
Three days later, a news show on a television station owned by an Iranian-backed armed group accused Parker and Reuters of denigrating Iraq and its government-backed forces, and called on viewers to demand Parker be expelled.



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