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Islamists pursue own agenda in Iraq's Sunni protests

Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Tikrit, 150 km (93 miles) north of Baghdad, January 4, 2013. The protesters were demanding the release of Sunni detainees in government prisons and called for major reforms against corruption in the government. REUTERS/Bakr al-Azzawi

Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Tikrit, 150 km (93 miles) north of Baghdad, January 4, 2013. The protesters were demanding the release of Sunni detainees in government prisons and...more

Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Tikrit, 150 km (93 miles) north of Baghdad, January 4, 2013. The protesters were demanding the release of Sunni detainees in government prisons and called for major reforms against corruption in the government. REUTERS/Bakr al-Azzawi
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Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad,January 4, 2013. The protesters were demanding the release of Sunni detainees in government prisons and called for major reforms against corruption in the government. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani

Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad,January 4, 2013. The protesters were demanding the release of Sunni detainees in government prisons and...more

Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad,January 4, 2013. The protesters were demanding the release of Sunni detainees in government prisons and called for major reforms against corruption in the government. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani
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