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An Iraqi Cleric's Swift Rise and Swift Fall

THULUYAH, Iraq -- In October 2006, as the heat of an Iraqi summer was finally breaking, the blue eyes of Muthanna Youssef Hammoud glanced at four cars pulled to the side of the road in a tumultuous swath of northern Iraq then beholden to insurgents. "We didn't pay much attention," the wealthy...

By Anthony Shadid

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