May 26, 2011 5:59 PM

Iraq's Sadrists stage mass rally to demand total U.S. withdrawal

Tens of thousands of followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al Sadr staged a military-style parade Thursday in Baghdad to demand that U.S. troops leave the country as scheduled by Dec. 31, a show of force intended to intimidate Iraqi officials who favor asking that some American troops stay on.

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