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Al-Sadr Bloc Ends Boycott Of Iraqi Parliament

30 lawmakers belong to Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc (AFP) July 17, 2007 -- The Iraqi parliamentary bloc loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ended its nearly five-week boycott of parliament.

Lawmakers from the 30-member bloc walked out of the legislature last month after the bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque, a revered Shi'ite shrine in the city of Samarra, which al-Sadr blamed in part on the failure of Iraqi security forces.

The bloc had said it would return if the government developed a plan to rebuild the Samarra shrine.


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