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Temperatures, And Tempers, Soar In Iraq

Protesters chant anti-government slogans as they wave national flags during a protest against corruption and the lack of government services and power outages in front of the provincial council building in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (Nabil al-Jurani/AP Photo)
Protesters chant anti-government slogans as they wave national flags during a protest against corruption and the lack of government services and power outages in front of the provincial council building in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (Nabil al-Jurani/AP Photo)

A year after the U.S. launched air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, the fight continues, but now there’s a new threat to the Iraqi people — the heat.

Temperatures have soared above 110 degrees Fahrenheit in recent days and the country’s power grid can’t keep up. That has caused thousands to take to the streets in protest.

McClatchy reporter Mitchell Prothero talks with Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd about the government corruption Iraqi people are protesting in the heat.

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