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[$$] Twitter Shuts Down Iraqi Militia Leader’s Account Over Rocket Attack on U.S. Consulate

Twitter Inc. shut down the account of a prominent Iraqi militia leader after he was accused by the U.S. government of inciting violence against American diplomats in Basra, where the U.S. consulate came under a rocket attack. It comes as Iraqi politicians are struggling to form a new government and the U.S. and Iran are vying for influence. A U.S. official said Twitter’s decision Tuesday to block the account of Abu Mehdi al-Mohandis, the head of a Shiite militia group that has long been backed by Iran, was made after U.S. authorities raised concerns.