Iraq's Sadr calls for mass protests against US presence
“The skies, land and sovereignty of Iraq are being violated every day by occupying forces,” the Shia cleric turned populist politician wrote on Twitter. He urged Iraqis to hold “a million-strong, peaceful, unified demonstration to condemn the American presence and its violations”, without giving a date. Washington on January 3 killed a revered Iranian general, Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, in a strike that also killed a senior Iraqi military official. The rallies have persisted throughout but shifted to include calls for Iraq to be spared any conflict between Iran and the US. “The people reject that,” said Hussin Ali Abdul Hussein, a demonstrator in Karbala, south of the capital.