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The "Million Man March" convened by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr exceeded expectations.
According to estimates of the Iraqi police commander Jaafar Al-Batat, over 1 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 Qasem Soleimani.
"If the U.S. meets these demands, then it is not an aggressor country," Al-Sadr said and added that if the U.S. will become a "hostile country" if it violates the conditions specified for its departure.
The highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, also reaffirmed today "the need to respect the sovereignty of Iraq, the independence of its political decision, and its territorial unity."
For his part, Iraq's President Barham Salih posted a photo of Friday's march on social media and wrote that Iraqis deserved a "fully sovereign state that serves its people."