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Iraqi Sunnis block major highway in protest; Al Qaeda issues call to arms

BAGHDAD — Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters blocked a highway in western Iraq on Friday, as an Al Qaeda- ­affiliated group called on ­Sunnis to take up arms against the Shi’ite-led government.

At a time of mounting sectarian tensions, minority Sunnis complain of official discrimination and the arrests of bodyguards of a senior Sunni politician in December that sparked weekly protests.

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