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    Al-Zeidi defends shoe-throwing - 15 Sep 09

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes in December last year at George Bush, then US president, has been released from jail to a hero's welcome.

    As a TV journalist, al-Zeidi had reported on the suffering of the Iraqi people following the US-led invasion in 2003.

    He said on Tuesday that the shoe-throwing was a protest against the humiliating occupation of his homeland by US troops.

    Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports on the news conference in Iraq following al-Zeidi's release.