Iraqis seize on Egyptian unrest in protests

Iraqis are seizing on Egypt's unrest to protest what they call corruption in their own security forces, rampant unemployment and scant electricity and water supply.

There have been small scattered demonstrations across the capital as Sunni and Shiite clerics warned in Friday prayers that poverty, oppression and corruption could spark similar uprisings in Iraq.

Sunni Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abdul-Jabar urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave office peacefully and "leave the people to decide their destiny."

In the Shiite holy city of Karbala, a top representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said governments across the Mideast must learn the lessons of Egypt and Tunisia or be prepared to face unrest at home.