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Iraqi Shiite Leader to Prod Bush on Iran

A Shiite powerbroker reviled by Sunni Arabs for his ties to Iran and a militia linked to sectarian violence will ask President Bush to seek Iran’s help in their upcoming White House meeting and try to allay U.S. concerns over Iranian influence in Iraq. Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who is due to meet with Bush on Monday, on Saturday dismissed speculation that his trip to the United States threatened the authority of beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who came under criticism for meeting with Bush last week in Jordan. Full Story

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