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Iraq Shiite radical tells Bush to withdraw troops or face revolution

Outlawed Shiite Muslim radical leader Moqtada Sadr branded US President George W. Bush an “enemy” and told him to withdraw his troops from Iraq or face a revolution. The cleric, whose supporters have held firm against the US-led coalition across central and southern Iraq, also began a hunger strike as aides said the coalition’s civil administrator Paul Bremer had ruled out peace talks. “I address my enemy Bush. You are now fighting an entire nation, from south to north, from east to west, and we advise you to withdraw from Iraq,” he said in a message read by one of his aides at the main mosque in this central town. “I call on America not to confront the Iraqi revolution,” said the message read by Sheikh Jaber al-Khafagi to worshippers gathered for the main weekly prayers in this shrine town, a Sadr stronghold. Full Story

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