government and people of Iraq will stand by Iran in case any aggression was
carried out against the latter, said Sadruddin Qabbanji, a Shiite cleric in Najaf said.
"Iraq has announced that it would not stand with the sanctions against Iran and today the government and people will stand by Iran in any aggression against it," he said
Tensions have escalated recently between the US and Iran with increasing concerns about a potential US-Iran war. Earlier this week the US pulled some diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad following weekend attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf, Reuters reported.