Men ride motorbikes past a member of Iraqi federal police in a street in Baghdad, Iraq October 7, 2019. (Reuters/Wissm al-Okili)

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Days of deadly anti-government protests in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities brought few real concessions from the authorities. But when bloodshed spread to one particular poor, restive Baghdad district, they responded differently.

After protesters were killed in Sadr City, the military ordered an army withdrawal from the area and security forces for the first time admitted using excessive force, promising to hold those involved in violence against civilians to account.

More money has also been promised to help the poor.

Signs of an escalation in the sprawling residential district, from where Shi'ite insurgents once attacked U.S. forces after the 2003 U.S. invasion, spooked the government as it would mean serious trouble for Iraq and much bloodier unrest, security forces, local leaders, lawmakers and analysts say.

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Yikes (Twitter/Firas al-Sarrai)

A video shot by a YouTuber in the center of deadly protests in Iraq appears to show a rocket-propelled grenade flying narrowly over his head.

The video was posted from the Sadr City suburb of Baghdad on Sunday night by Firas al-Sarrai, a popular Iraqi Instagram and YouTube personality.

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(TSA photo)

Lehigh Valley International Airport officials said Tuesday that a Florida man had a non-functioning military rocket propelled grenade launcher and replica grenade.

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Take the objective or fall back to spare your men? These aren’t consequence-free choices, and they’re not added for dramatic effect. In Burden of Command, a new “World War II tactical leadership RPG,” you assume command of a fictional company within the Army’s 7th Infantry Regiment — the “Cottonbalers” — to make life-and-death calls based on actual historical scenarios.

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The U.S. Army is considering various systems to better shield tanks and armored vehicles from RPGs, anti-tank missiles, and other enemy fire.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox

Leave no man behind.

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