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Shiite Rally Marks Anniversary of Fall of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - It's the sixth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad
to U.S. forces -- and it's not passing without notice.
Tens of thousands of supporters of an anti-U.S. Shiite cleric
rallied today at the square where Saddam's statue came down.
They're protesting the continued U.S. military presence.
Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on all Iraqis to turn out for the
rally at Firdous Square.
As protesters assembled, religious songs were blaring from
loudspeakers at the square, decorated with huge Iraqi flags.
Surrounding streets and Baghdad's bridges were been closed off.
The rally comes as the U.S. prepares to pull combat troops from
Baghdad by the end of June.


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