Friday, January 24, 2020

Iraqi people hold massive anti-US rally in Baghdad

Thousands of people have convened in the capital city of Baghdad to deplore the U.S. military presence in the country.

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 U.S. assassinated top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad earlier this month.

The protesters carried banners and chanted slogans calling for the expulsion of U.S. forces.

The demonstrators plan 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.