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A Shiite demonstrator holds a Quran during a protest against a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact October 18, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq. Supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protested against the agreement which would replace the existing U.N. mandate authorizing the U.S.-led forces in Iraq. The new agreement would require American forces to leave by December 31, 2011 unless the Iraqi government asked them to stay. By Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty.

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