Cleric vows attacks if US troops stay in Iraq

2011-08-07 20:31

Baghdad - A powerful anti-American Shi’ite cleric in Iraq with thousands of loyal followers says US forces who stay past the December 31 withdrawal deadline are fair game to attack.

Muqtada al-Sadr made the statement on his website after Iraqi government officials recently said they were opening talks with Washington to discuss keeping a number of American forces in the country.

Iraqi officials, worried about a potential backlash if US troops remain, have reiterated that any potential American military force would be kept to train Iraqi troops.

But al-Sadr's statement indicates that thousands of Iraqis strongly oppose any American troops staying in the country, regardless of their role.

  • slg - 2011-08-07 21:19

    Politicking. Rather channel that energy into creating freedom from oppression for all Iraqis. The US and NATO want nothing better than to leave, which they have announced anyway.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-07 21:55

      But that wouldn't be a Hatefull message calling for the slaughter of all non-believing westeners.

  • Atomicduzt - 2011-08-08 09:35

    America should stop funding warfare and concentrate on getting their own country out of debt.

  • Badballie - 2011-08-08 10:02

    sounds like a "declaration of war" to me wonderful, its so nice when Shi’ite cleric's actually have the balls to put their places of worship on the official war map, can't really be sure who I hate more the Americans or the Islamic radicals?

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