Anti-US demonstration protest in Iraq
Published: 05:40 PM, 24 January 2020
Thousands of Iraqi people gathered in Baghdad on Friday to ratchet up their demand that US troops withdraw from the country.
They gathered in two areas of the capital at the call of the country’s influential religious leader, Muqtada al-Sadr.
Iraqis from all tribes, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, and Arabs have also joined the protest from various provinces outside the capital.
“Get out, get out, occupier!” some shouted, while others chanted, “Yes to sovereignty!” These slogans are trembling Baghdad.
The Middle East-based media is comparing this peaceful protest to the Islamic Revolution or mass uprising in Iraq in 1920. At that time, mass protests began throughout Iraq against British occupation at the call of prominent Shiite and Sunni scholars in Iraq and Iran.
Moktada al-Sadr called the protests recently against US illegal military activity in Iraq.
On January 3, US military forces killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in Iran’s revolutionary guard in Baghdad. After the massacre, Iran launched a missile attack on a US military base. Iraqis are blaming the United States for making Iraq a two-sided battlefield.
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