April 9, 2005

Protesters call for U.S. Pullout in Iraq

By TRACI CARL, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Tens of thousands of supporters of a militant Shiite cleric filled central Baghdad's streets Saturday and demanded that American soldiers go home, marking the second anniversary of Baghdad's fall with shouts of "No, no to Satan!"

To the west of the capital, 5,000 protesters issue similar demands in the Sunni Triangle city of Ramadi, reflecting a growing impatience with the U.S.-led occupation and the slow pace of returning control to an infant Iraqi government.

The protest in Baghdad's famous Firdos Square was the largest anti-American demonstration since the U.S.-led invasion, but the turnout was far less than the 1 million called for by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

"I do not accept having occupation forces in my country," said protester Ali Feleih Hassan, 35. "No one accepts this. I want them out. They have been here for two years, and now they have to set a timetable for their withdrawal."

President Bush has said he will not pull troops out of Iraq until the security situation has improved.

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Hey Mr. Bush, have you ever thought that maybe YOU'RE the security situation? Those protesters weren't insurgents, those were the same Iraqis that tore down that big statue of Saddam a few years ago; lets take a hint.

Give the Iraqis the freedom they desire and deserve. Lets bring our troops home, its getting worse by the minute.

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