An Iraqi militia that carried out some of the most prominent attacks on foreigners during the Iraq war on Thursday threatened U.S. interests in the country over a film that has triggered protests in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.
“The offence caused to the messenger (Prophet Mohammad) will put all American interests in danger and we will not forgive them for that,” said Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib al-Haq militia.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other staff were killed overnight on Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi over the film.
Protests against the film erupted in Baghdad on Thursday and in the city of Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of the capital. Hundreds of followers of anti-U.S. Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets calling on the Iraqi government to close the U.S. embassy. . .