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Shiites celebrate US withdrawal from Iraq

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gathered Thursday to publicly celebrate the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, The Associated Press reports.

The U.S. completed its military withdrawal in December 2011, but Sadrist lawmaker Jawad al-Shuhaili said the movement postponed celebrating it until the end of the Arbaeen, a 40-day period of mourning following the anniversary of the death of Imam Hussein, a revered Shiite figure.

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