Iraq backs international military intervention in Libya

13:43, March 22, 2011      

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The Iraqi government announced Monday its support to the international military intervention in Libya to protect the Libyan people, an Iraqi official television reported.

"The Iraqi government supports the international effort that aims to protect the people of Libya," the state-run television of Iraqia quoted government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh as saying.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr condemned, in a statement obtained by Xinhua, the foreign intervention in internal affairs in Libya and Bahrain, calling the countries which carrying out airstrikes on Libya to avoid exposing civilians to bombardment.

Sadr also said that the people of the two countries have the right to decide their fate without military interventions.

He said the governments "must leave" if their people say they want them to do so.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Shiite community held several demonstrations in some Iraqi provinces to protest against the violent crackdown on Bahrain's demonstrators and called on the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to withdraw their troops from Bahrain.

Source: Xinhua

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