Thursday, May 26, 2011

Iraqis Want United States To Leave


Thousands of followers of Moqtada al-Sadr staged a mass rally in Baghdad on Thursday against US forces, as Iraqi leaders consider asking for an extended American troop presence.

Waves of men wearing black trousers and caps chanting the words "I am Iraqi", marched in military-style formation, while others in the rally set fire to American and Israeli flags.

"We will not accept even one American soldier staying," said Adnan al-Mussawi, one of the demonstrators. "Occupation has not benefited us at all, it is our religious duty to kick out every American soldier."

The demonstrators numbered several thousand according to an estimate, but an official in the Sadrist headquarters in the southern city of Najaf said 100,000 were attending.

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