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Damage to shrines leads to protest at UK embassy

Tens of thousands of Iranians, some throwing stones and firebombs, protested outside the British embassy in Tehran yesterday against damage to one of the most important Shia Muslim shrines in fighting between US troops and Iraqis. The protest was the largest so far of demonstrations that have been held over the past four days in predominantly Shia Iran, which opposed the American invasion of neighbouring Iraq and has been highly critical of the deterioration in security in some parts of Iraq under US occupation. American soldiers have been fighting Mehdi Army militia loyal to the radical Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr in Najaf and Karbala, two of the holiest cities for the Shia. Full Story

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