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Al-Sadr Calls for Anti-US Protest

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NAJAF, Iraq — The office of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Thursday for a "million-strong" turnout for an anti-American demonstration next week to mark the fifth anniversary of the capture of Baghdad by invading U.S. troops.

The statement said protesters should head to the Shiite holy city of Najaf south of Baghdad waving Iraqi flags "to cement the unity of Iraq and demand its independence." It called on demonstrators to "raise your voices high in the skies of Iraq against the oppressing occupier," a term the Sadrists use to describe U.S.-led forces.

The demonstration is to mark the anniversary of the entrance of invading U.S. troops to Baghdad on April 9, 2003.