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Al-Sadr Bloc Leads In Iraq Parliamentary Elections. Moqtada al-Sadr's militia fought and killed American forces in Iraq following the 2003 invasion. Now, the Shiite cleric's coalition of candidates could dramatically change Iraq's political landscape; Rich Edson reports from the State Department. If last weekend’s federal elections demonstrated anything, it was that much of the Iraqi population is done with foreign intervention. The frontrunner in the national elections, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr — who long has decried both Iranian and U.S. influence — described his party’s victory as “an achievement for the Iraqi people and its national entitlement,” just as scores have take... Full story

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