Cleric vows attacks if US troops stay in Iraq

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.

Baghdad: A powerful anti-American Shiite
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 Tuesday
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.

PTI

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link

Close