Hundreds of thousands of Shi’ites have marched in Iraq to mark the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad following the US-led invasion.
Large crowds gathered in the holy city of Najaf for a massive anti-US protest, called for by leading cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
He has become a major political player in Iraq with his party holding a quarter of the seats in the ruling Shi’ite alliance.
There was a radical change of climate in the capital Baghdad, where a 24-hour curfew has been put in place. US and Iraqi troops have been patrolling the city in a new security crackdown.