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Anti-US Demonstration in Baghdad – October 18th, 2008

 

Background

 

“[…] Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraq’s parliament to reject a pact that would extend U.S. presence in Iraq for three years as tens of thousands of his followers marched through Baghdad’s streets Saturday to reinforce that demand. The large turnout points to trouble ahead for the U.S.-Iraqi security deal as Sunni and Shiite lawmakers weigh the political risks associated with the far-reaching agreement. Waving Iraqi flags and green Shiite banners, protesters chanted slogans condemning the pact. The demonstration in the mostly Shiite eastern part of Baghdad was staged under tight security, with army soldiers and police manning checkpoints along the route. ‘I am with every Sunni, Shiite or Christian who is opposed to the agreement ... and I reject, condemn and renounce the presence of occupying forces and bases on our beloved land,’ al-Sadr said in a message read to the crowd on his behalf by a senior aide. […]”

 

Excerpt of an Associated Press article from October 18th, 2008.

Mass demonstration against US forces

 

The Video

 

External view: link   file format: .flv (4,5 MB)

Scenes from the demonstration

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Video & Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) Thousands of followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr take part in a rally in Baghdad, Iraq, to protest a draft U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. The mass show of opposition comes as the United States and Iraqi leaders try to build support for the accord that would extend the presence of American forces in Iraq beyond the end of this year. – October 18th, 2008 - Hadi Mizban/AP;

 

The Video

 

1) The video contains two news feeds from Reuters and CNN, which were aired on October 18th, 2008.

 

Scenes from the demonstration

 

1) Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pray as they take part in a rally in Baghdad, Iraq, to protest a draft U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. – October 18th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;

2) Protesters wave Iraqi flags and carry a poster of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr during rally in Baghdad, Iraq, to protest a draft U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. – October 18th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;

3) Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr take part in a rally in Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, to protest a draft U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. – October 18th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;

 

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