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Iraqi cleric pushes for emergency government

Iraq’s powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called for a national emergency government and promised to “shake the ground” under the feet of advancing Sunni rebels, a day after Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, rejected any attempts to undermine his rule. Sadr, whose movement, the Mahdi army, battled the US forces during Washington’s nearly nine-year war in Iraq, also voiced opposition on Wednesday to US military advisers meeting with Iraqi…