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Once-Exiled Shiite Cleric Demands U.S. Departure from Iraq

Thousands of Shiite Muslims in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf greet the arrival of Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr al-Hakim. Hakim spent the last two decades living in exile in Iran. The cleric is demanding the pullout of U.S. military forces and says the Iraqi people should be able to establish their own government. NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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