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Opposition to the long-term Iraq-US political, economic and security agreement, which is to be endorsed in two months, continues to grow among Iraqis, raising speculation that the deal may not go through.
While the Kurds are believed to be the only Iraqi group to support the agreement and the notion of long-term US military presence in the country, Shias and Sunnis have expressed their strong disapproval of the deal.
Various Iraqi cities, including Baghdad, were the scene of large protests against the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), following last week's Friday prayers. Demonstrators took to the streets upon the call of leading anti-occupation cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Opposition to the agreement, however, is not only limited to al-Sadr and his supporters. The Leader of Iraq's main parliamentary coalition, Seyyed Abdul-Aziz Hakim, has also objected to the binding contract.
Following a meeting between senior members of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), Hakim declared that the country is united in its opposition to articles of the agreement that violate Iraq's sovereignty.