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Great moment for Iraqi independence!

Seems Iraqis really know how to express their independence from the US. Two stories today: first, in the town of Tikrit, they've unveiled a 10-foot statue of the shoe that Muntadar al-Zaidi threw at George Bush:

Muntadar al-Zaidi is still in jail for what he did, but it seems it's set to become a heartwarming moment in the collective memory...

The other story is less quirky but still symbolic. Iraq announced that they're kicking Blackwater out of the country. The company provides bodyguarding and suchlike for various US activities, but they've apparently been accused more than once of trampling/machine-gunning civilians in the course of their duties (see the above link for info). Having them out of the country will be a headache for the US, so it hints at the independent mind of the Iraqi goverment...

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