Protesters hold posters of missing Iraqi soldiers and chant slogans against the Islamic State group during a protest at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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An influential Shiite cleric threatened Wednesday to attack U.S. interests in Iraq and abroad over a congressional provision to send arms directly to Sunni and Kurdish fighters.The proposed measure in the House Republicans' defense authorization bill for next year would distribute a quarter of the $715 million authorized to train and equip the Iraqi army outside the government's control. It's unclear if the provision will survive the months-long legislative process.The Iraqi government has also rejected the provision.On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee is considering the defense authorization bill, one of the few bipartisan measures in Congress.
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