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Iraq's Moqtada al-Sadr Visits Turkey

Turkish officials say Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, for talks with officials on the political situation in neighboring Iraq.

Several media reports on Friday said the staunchly anti-American cleric was scheduled to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Sadr is the most prominent Shi'ite opponent of the U.S. military presence in Iraq. He has not been seen in public since 2007, and he is believed to have been either in Iran or hiding in Iraq.

His supporters have periodically relayed messages to protest rallies, most recently last month, on the sixth anniversary of the U.S. capture of Baghdad.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.