January 24, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
The "Million Man March" convened by Shia
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr exceeded
At least four million people Thursday
demanded the departure of U.S. troops from
Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was
convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three
weeks after the murder of Iran's General
At the country's capital, streets were
filled with an endless column of people who paraded
to express their repudiation of the U.S. military
Banners showed slogans such as "No, No
to the U.S. and Yes to Iraqi sovereignty," "The
willingness of free nations is stronger than the
U.S. aggression," and "Global terrorism is made in
While some protesters burned images of Donald
Trump, others marched raising photos of the U.S.
president's face crossed out with a red "X".
"We have not obtained anything from the U.S.
except problems, wars, and sieges," Ziyad Qasim
Abdullah, a 39-year-old chauffeur, said.
The U.S. has "created sectarian conflicts in Iraq
and divided people to plunder the wealth of our
country," he added and explained that he wants to
"expel the occupation forces" from his
Initially, the U.S. government justified
the presence of its troops in Iraq by
arguing the fight against the Islamic State,
which managed to control large areas of
Iraqi territory in 2014.