Iraqi foreign minister says foreign troops “vitally necessary” for regional stability.
“Let the people of Iraq vote if they want the US to stay or leave”
Bob Kaye, Bohemia, US
Despite the curfews,thousands of residents marched peacefully through the streets of Sadr City, a stronghold of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia leader of the al-Mahdi Army.
An Iraqi al-Qaeda-led group meanwhile said it had killed 14 Iraqi army and police personnel and posted an internet video showing a masked man shooting the kneeling men in the head.
“After the deadline given by the Islamic State in Iraq expired the sharia court decided to implement God’s ruling against those apostates,” the group said on the video.
The footage showed the gunman shooting the blindfolded men with a pistol in an open field, as off-camera fighters chanted “Allah is great”.
The hostages’ hands were tied behind their backs.
The authenticity of the tape could not be verified but it was posted on a website used by Iraqi armed groups.