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Iraq's Sadr warns will 'shake the ground' against militants

  • Volunteers of the newly formed "Peace Brigades" participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • Volunteers of the newly formed "Peace Brigades" participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • An Iraqi Shiite militiaman, a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, jumps to break a placard with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a parade, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

NAJAF, Iraq: Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Wednesday voiced opposition to US military advisers who have begun meeting with Iraqi commanders, and warned that his supporters would "shake the ground" in combatting militants.

"We will shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism," he said, referring to Sunni insurgents who have overrun a swathe of territory in the past two weeks, in a televised speech from the Shiite holy city of Najaf.

He added that he only supported "providing international support from non-occupying states for the army of Iraq".

 
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