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Iraqi Protesters Ignore Government, Take to Baghdad's Streets

Thousands of anti-government protesters, many carrying flowers and olive branches, walked for kilometers Friday to converge on the Iraqi capital's Tahrir Square to call for political change. "They are coming like ants," said a police officer who declined to give his name. "They are coming from Najaf, Karbala and Baghdad."  Najaf and Karbala are two Shi'ite cities south of the capital. Iraqi forces were out in force in the blistering heat — it was over...

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