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Iraqi Shi’ites show little interest in forging closer ties with Iran

By Liz Sly
Washington Post / December 16, 2011
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When a senior Iranian cleric announced last month that he was planning to move to this holy Shi’ite city to open an office, the furor that erupted offered a glimpse into the future of a complicated relationship. As American troops leave Iraq, Iran certainly ranks high among the beneficiaries of their nearly nine-year presence. As a Shi’ite power that suffered enormously during an eight-year war with a Sunni-dominated Iraq in the 1980s, Iran now can generally count on closer ties with a friendly Shi’ite government next door.

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