Iraqi Shiite cleric calls additional US troops a "target"

July 18, 2016 6:48 AM

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BAGHDAD – A powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric says the additional 560 U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq to upgrade an air base recently retaken from the Islamic State group would be a "target" for his supporters.

Muqtada al-Sadr's threat came in response to a question from a supporter about the deployment, announced last week by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

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