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In Shiite Enclave, Cheers Have Turned to Fury

Almost a year ago, the Shiites of Sadr City were throwing flowers at American tanks that rumbled into Baghdad ending the rule of their longtime oppressor, Saddam Hussein. But on Monday, many Iraqis were filling plain wooden coffins with the bodies of their kin and neighbors, killed in a firefight with American armored forces that now patrol their impoverished neighborhood. “After American forces ended the regime, we wanted to welcome them,” said Mohsin Ghassab, a 42-year-old unemployed Iraqi, who is a resident of the predominantly Shiite district. “But now there is no stability.” “They have to withdraw,” he said. “To have them in tanks on our streets is unacceptable.” Full Story

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