Call for anti-US demos in Iraq


Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a million Iraqis to march against the US “presence and violations” in Iraq after Washington’s killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad.

The Iraq parliament called for US and other foreign troops to leave amid a growing backlash against Washington’s air strike, which also killed a top Iraqi militia commander.

Iran launched a missile attack on US targets in Iraq in retaliation for the death of General Qassem Soleimani, a move heightening fears of a wider Middle East conflict.

“Go on soldiers of God, soldiers of the nation, onto a million man march condemning the American presence and its violations,” Sadr tweeted.

“Iraqi space, its land and sovereignty are infringed by occupying forces.”

Sadr has previously summoned thousands onto the streets of Baghdad for demonstrations.

He gave no details of when the protest was to take place or where.

Thousands of Iraqis still gather in separate anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square in protests that started on October 1 – potentially setting the stage for rival groups to clash.