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Iraqi authorities claim to have released 888 prisoners

From RawStory.com:

Iraqi authorities claimed on Tuesday to have freed 888 prisoners in two weeks to placate month-long rallies in the country’s Sunni areas that have hardened opposition against the Shiite prime minister.

The demonstrations come amid a political crisis that has pitted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against several of his erstwhile government partners just months ahead of provincial elections.

The protesters have railed against the alleged exploitation of anti-terror laws by the Shiite-led authorities to target their minority community and demanded the release of prisoners they say were wrongfully detained.

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