Iraqis Called by Al-Sadr to Protest US Strikes in Syria

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Iraqis Protest US-Led Airstrikes Against Syria

Demonstrators gathered in major cities across Iraq on Sunday to protest U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria in protests called for by Muqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who led the Mehdi Army that fought U.S. forces after the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.

The demonstrations took place in Baghdad, Basra and Najaf. Protesters “raised Iraqi and Syrian flag in solidarity with Syrian people. They also chanted against the U.S. and its allies,” according to Iraqi News.

Protesters also burned U.S. and Israeli flags.

Iraq’s foreign ministry warned that the strikes against Syria marked “a very dangerous development.”

“Such action could have dangerous consequences, threatening the security and stability of the region and giving terrorism another opportunity to expand after it was ousted from Iraq and forced into Syria to retreat to a large extent,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by Al-Jazeera.

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