Followers of Shiite Cleric Protest Security Agreement

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Baghdad (AP) President George w. Bush has been burned in Effigy in Baghdad as thousands protested the proposed new security agreement with the U.S.

The Bush effigy was put on the same pedestal where U.S. marines toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein during the 2003 invasion. The effigy was pelted with water bottles and sandals.

The protesters are followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, who was not there. A representative read a sermon purportedly written by Al-Sadr that calls the U.S. “the enemy of Islam.”

The proposed security agreement would let American troops stay in Iraq until 2012. It's already cleared the Iraqi cabinet, and is expected to be voted on by parliament next week. It would then go to Iraq's president and his two deputies for ratification.

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