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Hundreds of followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrated this month in front of a local Iraqi TV station in Baghdad that accused them of receiving their instructions from Iran. (Associated Press)

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Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant anti-Iraqi government slogans and wave Iraqi flags during a protest March 19, 2012, in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad. Followers of the anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen on the poster, are demanding better living conditions in Iraq on the ninth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of their country. (Associated Press)

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This image taken from TV Saturday, March 17, 2012, shows a man identified as Randy Michael, who is purported to be an American contractor, in Baghdad, Iraq, after he was released from captivity and handed over to the United Nations by Shiite lawmakers representing the hardline followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. (AP Photo/MASAR TV)

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Followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen in the poster at center, wave Iraqi flags Saturday during a rally in Baghdad marking the eighth anniversary of the fall of the Iraqi capital to American troops. (Associated Press)

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Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during his first public appearance since returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Al-Sadr appears beneath a graphic banner bearing the pictures of his brother, the late Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, left, and father, the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (center) is surrounded by bodyguards in the Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday. Hundreds of raucous supporters celebrated the return of the firebrand Iraqi cleric Thursday after his emergence from four years of exile in Iran, drawing a plea from him to show more discipline and restraint. (Associated Press)

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Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, center, is surrounded by supporters in the Shi'ite city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Mr. al-Sadr, who led several Shi'ite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before going into exile in neighboring Iran almost four years ago, returned to Iraq Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

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Anti-U.S. Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a Friday sermon in a mosque in Kufa, Iraq, on Sept. 22, 2006. Iraqi officials said Wednesday Jan. 5, 2011, Mr. al-Sadr returned to Iraq after a nearly 3-year absence.(AP Photo/Alaa Al-Marjani, File)

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In this Monday, July 19, 2010, file photo, Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite political clerics, speaks to reporters in Damascus, Syria. Aides to Mr. al-Sadr say his powerful political bloc has agreed to support Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's bid to stay in power and end a nearly seven-month political impasse. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

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Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, left, meets with Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite political clerics, right, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 19, 2010. Mr. Allawi and Mr. al-Sadr are on a current visit to Syria to discuss the deadlocked government in Baghdad.(AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Supporters of anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wave Iraqi flags as they destroy a symbolic model of a U.S. Army tank during a rally marking the seventh anniversary of the fall of the Iraqi capital to American troops in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, Friday, April 9, 2010.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)