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Shiite leader calls for southern Iraq autonomy

The leader of Iraq’s largest Shiite bloc has called for the country to be divided into federal zones, to the dismay of minority Sunnis who fear losing out on Iraq’s vast oil wealth. Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), told hundreds of supporters Tuesday that a federal system with only loose central control would prevent the return of dictatorship. Full Story

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