Iraqi President Barham Salih rejects the nomination of Basra governor Asaad Al Eidani for Prime Minister of Iraq, stating that protesters will also oppose him due to his connections with Iranian-backed parties. As the constitution doesn't give him the power to officially veto candidates, Salih threatens to resign instead.
In one of the deadliest days of the protests so far, Iraqi security forces open fire and kill 25 people who were blocking a bridge in Nasiriyah, while 10 people are killed in Najaf, and four people are shot dead in the capital Baghdad. The Iraqi Armed Forces says an emergency unit had been created to "impose security and restore order" in response to the violence. 45 people have been killed by security forces in total.
The United States military reports a drone attack killed ISIL rocket expert Jasim Khadijah. The unmanned airstrike also killed other IS militants and destroyed at least one makeshift drone. Khadijah, a former Iraqi officer, is believed responsible for the March attack that killed a U.S. Marine in northern Iraq.