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Protestors in Baghdad demand US troops leave Iraq

CNN Newsource

BAGDAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of people rallied in Baghdad to demand the ouster of American troops from Iraq.

The show of force by followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militias comes amid heightened tensions after a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3 that killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital.

There were no official estimates of the turnout, but it clearly fell short of the “million-man” march that the radical cleric had called for. Loudspeakers blasted slogans like “No, no America!” at a central square.

Later in the day, officials say two anti-government protesters were shot and killed by security forces in separate demonstrations away from the big anti-U.S. rally.

Associated Press

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