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Iraqi National Movement

Led by Hatim Mukhlis, the movement was established in 2001 and comprises former Sunni Muslim political and military leaders who split from the INC. Mukhlis told "Al-Zaman" in an October 2003 interview that his movement, which was founded in the United States, was supported by the U.S. Congress's Iraq Liberation Act. The movement supports Islam as the official state religion but calls for the respecting of all faiths in Iraq. The party does not support de-Ba'athification or the U.S. decision to dissolve the former Iraqi army.

Mukhlis is supportive of the U.S. presence in Iraq. London's "Al-Hayat" reported in March 2004 that Mukhlis criticized Kurdish demands for a federal system in Iraq, saying: "The issue of federalism is premature at present because Iraq has to go through several stages before obtaining independence and that the people are the ones who will determine the federalism and not the politicians."

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