Al Jazeera reports that “masked men” shot & killed five protesters in Basra, Iraq & injured at least 120 others. Government snipers & security forces riddled with CIA operatives have killed nearly 300 protesters since last month by firing directly at their heads & chests.

This is a watershed moment for nearly 30 years of US sanctions, war, occupation in Iraq. The US maintains one of the largest military compounds in the world in Iraq & is responsible for the deaths of millions of Iraqis. We stand in full solidarity with the protesters & look to them for leadership in rebuilding the international antiwar movement. The Assadist & Stalinist cult that destroyed the antiwar movement is either silent about the protests or splitting on the protests with some who support Syrian & Russian bombing of civilians in Syria trying to go antiwar in Lebanon & Iraq. Many others, like Eva Bartlett, Tim Anderson, & Laith Marouf, are showing their fascism by denouncing the protesters in Lebanon & Iraq.

Stand with the protesters by demanding the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all US-coalition forces & mercenaries from Iraq.

(Photo of protester in Basra, Iraq from Al Jazeera)