Iraqi Who Threw Shoes at Bush Gets Same Treatment

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The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad last year had a taste of his own medicine yesterday when he nearly got beaned by a shoe thrower at a news conference.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi ducked and the shoe hit the wall behind him. “He stole my technique,” al-Zeidi later quipped.

The identity of the new shoe-thrower — and his motivation — weren’t immediately clear, but he appeared to be an Iraqi.

Whatever his motive, the confrontation didn’t stop there.

Al-Zeidi’s brother, Maithan, chased the attacker and — what else? — pelted him with a shoe as he left the room.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, a TV reporter, became a hero to many opponents of the Iraq war when he hurled his shoes at Bush during a news conference in Baghdad in December 2008.

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