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WAR: Top Shia leader returns to Iraq

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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 militants.

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.

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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]

[edit on 26/8/2004 by SE7EN]

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 03:15 PM
For some reson all this Ayatollas look the same in pictures.

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 04:25 PM
He looks like a very happy man, doesn't he? Smile, you're the Grand Ayatollah!
Hopefully, he'll put Al Sadr over his knee and give him a good whooping. LOL

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 11:59 PM
Sistani is really the best hope for the US. He is no ally by any stretch, but he is pragmatic and seems the most resonable religious leader in the area.

posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 01:04 AM
Why bother.

[edit on 26-8-2004 by TexasConspiracyNut]


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