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Iraq: protest march against the presence of US troops in the country

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Thousands of Iraqis gathered in downtown Baghdad today to rally against the presence of US troops in the country.

The protesters responded to the call of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who called for a march of millions to demand the removal of US troops from Iraq.

According to the AA correspondent on the ground, thousands of protesters began gathering today in the early hours of the morning in Qadiriyah district, east of Baghdad.

The protesters held Iraqi flags and chanted slogans against US troops.

Iraqi security forces were deployed in areas around Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The US Embassy also took extra security measures and banners to warn them not to approach their premises.

In previous protests in December, protesters managed to set fire to the two gates of the US embassy.

Following the incident, the US killed the commander of Iranian elite Quds Force Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike.

The situation subsequently escalated after the Iranians bombed a US military base in Iraq.

The Iraqi parliament on January 5 voted for a motion demanding the removal of foreign troops from the country.

About 5,000 US soldiers are stationed at various military bases throughout Iraq.

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