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Cleric: Iraq vote legitimized occupation

A radical anti-American cleric says he will stay away from Iraqi politics as long as U.S. troops remain, and he condemned senior Shiite leaders and the government for embracing this year’s elections that “legitimized the occupation.” In a rare interview with a Western news organization, Muqtada al-Sadr also criticized the desecration of the Quran by interrogators and guards at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, telling The Associated Press their action was criminal. Full Story

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