Iraqis demonstrate in Syria against security pact

Some 3,000 Iraqis have demonstrated in Damascus to protest a security pact approved by Iraq's parliament last week that lets the Americans stay in Iraq for three more years. The demonstrators gathered at a square Tuesday in Sayeda Zeinab, which is a holy shrine for Shiite Muslims. They included tribal leaders, students and some followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The protesters carried banners including one that read: "The pact aims to put Iraq under US tutelage." They also chanted anti-US slogans and called on Iraqi leaders to revoke the pact. Syria is home to some 1.5 million Iraqi refugees.