Former Iraqi soldiers protest in streets of Baghdad; UN nuclear experts to arrive in Iraq
Thousands of Iraqi soldiers in a massive demonstration in Baghdad streets protested on Monday the dissolution of Iraq's army, and called on the occupiers to quit the country. The sacked soldiers also threatened to carry out suicide attacks against US forces in Iraq unless they were paid wages and compensation.
The demonstrators chanting slogans such as "Occupier go out, this is the last warn", condemned the U.S. for dissolution of Iraq's army. They threatened that: "Unless the Iraqi soldiers come back to their posts, some retaliatory measures would be taken against the U.S."
After walking a long distance, protestors gathered in front of the residency of Paul Bremer, the U.S. civil administrator for Iraq, and announced that it was their last peaceful practice. The protest was one of the largest anti-US demonstrations in Iraq since the occupation of the country.
Meanwhile, a team of U.N. nuclear safety experts will leave Wednesday for Iraq and should be in Baghdad by the end of this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday.
The agency team had initially been set to arrive in Iraq last week to investigate whether remaining nuclear material stored at the Tuwaitha nuclear complex — which was looted after the U.S.-led war on Iraq — is secure. But their departure was delayed because of what agency officials described as logistical problems. (Albawaba.com)
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