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McCain asks Iraq PM to break with cleric

Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) took his controversial proposal for curbing Iraq’s sectarian violence to Baghdad on Thursday, calling for an additional 15,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops and joining a congressional delegation in telling Iraq’s prime minister he must break his close ties with a radical Shiite cleric. The lawmakers’ trip came as the bloodshed showed no signs of abating. At least 74 more people were killed or found dead, including 65 bullet-riddled bodies bearing signs of torture. And gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped as many as 70 shopkeepers and bystanders from a commercial area in central Baghdad in what was apparently an attack against Sunnis; at least 25 were later released, police said. Full Story

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