posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 03:10 PM
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has urged the people to march on Najaf, where clashes are raging at the Imam Ali shrine. Now back in Iraq after having
heart surgery in the UK, The most influential Shia leader could now play a key role in efforts to end the stand off between US-led forces and Shia
US Central Command
Iraqi killed on 'march to Najaf'
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Since fighting resumed three weeks ago, troops have edged closer to the Imam Ali shrine, the holiest in Shia Islam.
Ayatollah Sistani returned to Iraq a day after the interim government again warned it would end the stand-off by force in a matter of hours.
On Wednesday, tank and machine-gun fire was heard and plumes of smoke rose amid reports that US forces had moved closer still to the Imam Ali complex
which is controlled by fighters loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This is a away for the Iraqis to save face by handing the keys of the shrine to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani this way they are surrendering with out
surrendering but this will still leave the Americans in control.
[edit on 25/8/2004 by SE7EN]
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