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Iraq PM chides Sunni sections pushing for autonomy

Iraq's prime minister warned Saturday that efforts to create an autonomous Sunni region within Iraq would divide the country and lead to "rivers of blood."Full story

Iraq militiamen celebrate hatred for US

  Followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr lead a huge rally, in a major show of force as Iraqi leaders weigh whether to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond the end of the year.

Iraqi cleric tells followers: 'We are still fighters'

Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — in his first speech since returning to Iraq from exile in Iran — told followers they were still "fighters" and urged resistance to the U.S. Full story

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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gestures during his first public appearance since returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. The powerful cleric was greeted by shouts of "Long live the leader" outside his ancestral home in the holy

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Supporter holds portrait of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

A supporter holds a portrait of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Hundreds of raucous supporters celebrated the return of the firebrand Iraqi cleric Thursday after his emergence from four years of exile in Iran, drawing a plea from him to

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq

Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr surrounded by bodyguards arrives in his stronghold of Najaf January 05, 2011, after nearly four years outside the country. AFP PHOTO/QASSEM ZEIN