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Iraqi minister says staff kidnapped

WASHINGTON — Iraqi security forces raided the office and home of a leading Sunni official in Baghdad on Thursday, prompting fears that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is cracking down on political opponents.

The official, Rafie al-Issawi, Iraq’s finance minister and a prominent member of the Iraqiya political coalition, said at a press conference in Baghdad that about 150 of his guards and staff members had been arrested.

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