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Protesters run as they chant anti-Iraqi government slogans during a protest in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Hundreds of demonstrators converged on central Baghdad as part of a rally inspired by uprisings across the Middle East and dubbed the "Day of Rage." Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki. Karim Kadim/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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