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U.S. to Free Iraqi Prisoners; Cleric Wants Early Poll

The United States said it would free hundreds of prisoners in Iraq and quadruple funds for political transition as it prepares Iraq for self-rule in June. But one of Iraq’s most respected religious leader criticized the plans for the hand over of power. A statement from the office of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most senior cleric in the majority Shi’ite community, said a transitional government in June and elections next year “doesn’t ensure in any way the fair representation of the Iraqi people.” Full Story

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