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Iraq: Mass Demonstration in Najaf against U.S. Forces - April 9th, 2007




“Wrapped in the Iraqi flag and chanting anti-American slogans, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shia snaked into the holy city of Najaf yesterday for a protest rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein and to demand the ejection from Iraq of US and British troops. The huge procession of mainly men and young boys had braved the roads from Baghdad - and towns across southern Iraq - to march from the holy city of Kufa to Najaf, one of Shia Islam's most sacred sites. […] The march was a show of strength by the powerful Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who had called for a peaceful mass protest to express opposition to ‘Iraq’s occupiers’. […]”


Excerpt of a Guardian news article from April 10th, 2007.

Thousands of Iraqis protest against the occupation


The Video



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Scenes from the Demonstration

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Video & Photo Credits


The Video


The video are excerpts of raw footage from a mass demonstration against U.S. forces from April 9th, 2007 in Najaf. The demonstration was called by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The footage was aired by “Sky News” on the same day.




1) Iraqi supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr wave flags. - April 9th, 2007 - Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Agence France Presse;


Scenes from the Demonstration


1) Demonstrators step on the U.S. flag. - April 9th, 2007 - Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters;

2) Demonstrators wave Iraqi flags during the protest. - April 9th, 2007 - Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters;

3) Demonstrators burn a U.S. flag - April 9th, 2007 - Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters;

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