TEHRAN (defapress) – Millions of Iraqi people have convened in the capital city of Baghdad to deplore the US military presence in the country.
News ID: 79982
Publish Date: 24January 2020 - 17:05
According to Iraq's local media, people from “all of the Iraqi provinces" have gathered in the ongoing rally to condemn the Americans’ illegal presence in the country, after the US assassinated top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad earlier this month.
The protesters are carrying banners and chanting slogans calling for the expulsion of US forces.
During the rallies, the Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr lashed out at the United States for its illegal military presence in Iraq, saying, “If the US government does not agree to leave Iraq, it will be considered and treated as an occupying state and enemy.”
Baghdad should revoke all security agreements with the US and ban the US from conducting military operations in its skies, he added.
The demonstrators are planned to gather at the intersection of Baghdad University in the Jadriyah neighborhood.
Iraqis in Karbala city, south of Baghdad, were also seen boarding buses heading towards the capital.
The rally comes after influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Iraqis to stage "a million-strong, peaceful, unified demonstration to condemn the American presence and its violations" last week.
On January 5, the Iraqi parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution calling for the expulsion of all US-led forces in the country two days after Washington assassinated Soleimani and Muhandis.