FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019 file photo, anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq. A family member of Shujaa al-Khafaji, a popular Iraqi blogger, said authorities have detained him, apparently over his coverage of anti-government protests. The family member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said heavily armed masked gunmen stormed the apartment of al-Khafaji in Baghdad at dawn Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 and took him away.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. AP

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