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Iraqi Shiites Protest Extended US Stay

November 22, 2008

The proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact, with its 2011 deadline for U.S. military withdrawal, is slated for a vote by the Iraqi parliament on Nov. 24, but popular opposition continues from many Iraqi Shiites who want a faster U.S. departure.

Thousands of followers of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr converged on a central Baghdad square for a mass prayer, to protest the status of forces agreement.

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McClatchy correspondent Adam Asher who was on the scene says what concerns many Iraqis is "whether Muqtada al-Sadr will call off his cease-fire if the [status of forces agreement] passes parliament. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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