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As Iraq bloodshed spreads, Sistani calls for early elections

In the wake of extensive violence against the Iraqi protesters and Shiite leader Ali Sistani's outrage, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has expressed willingness to resign.

Nasiriyah and Najaf in southern Iraq became a bloodbath last night, Nov. 28, as 29 protesters were killed in Nasiriyah and 16 others in Najaf. Another four were killed in Baghdad protests the same day.

A great number of unidentified forces in Najaf attacked protesters with live bullets, knives and batons while security forces targeted protesters directly in Nasiriyah a day after protesters burned the Iranian Consulate in Najaf.

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