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Iraqis mark 4th anniversary since fall of Baghdad

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Iraqis mark 4th anniversary since fall of Baghdad

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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.