Kurdish people gather during a protest outside the headquarters of the United Nations (U.N.) Mission in Iraq in the northern Erbil province, north of Baghdad, February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Protests intensified in Iraq's Kurdistan region Tuesday after the government unveiled new austerity measures to avert an economic collapse that officials warn could undermine the war effort against ISIS.Hit hard by the global slump in oil prices, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) last week said it would pay only part of state workers' salaries until its fiscal health improved.That left the KRG struggling to meet a bloated public payroll of 875 billion Iraqi dinars ($800 million) per month.Protests against delayed salaries last October turned violent and deepened a political crisis that has yet to be resolved.
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