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Iraqi prime minister's focus is to defend Baghdad

...Shiite militias responding to a call to arms by Iraq's top cleric are also focused on protecting the capital and Shiite shrines...and Karbala, a threat that prompted the nation's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to issue an urgent call...
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As US drone strikes rise in Yemen, so does anger

SANAA, Yemen - The cleric preached in his tiny Yemeni village about...retaliation from the militants, and even the cleric's father wanted him to stop.But in...him as protection, according to the cleric's brother-in-law, Faysal bin Ali...
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Iraqi forces hold on in refinery fight

...future. He said he did not know who attended the meeting.Al-Zamili belongs to a political bloc loyal to anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has publicly demanded that al-Maliki, in office since 2006, be replaced.But al-Zamili indicated...
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Five US soldiers killed in Baghdad

...militants backed by Iran and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr that they would violently resist...Baghdad that is the stronghold of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Shiite cleric with ties to Iran has made opposition to the...
Iraqis battle militant uprising in 2 Sunni cities

...Sunni support, security forces arrested a controversial Shiite cleric who leads an Iranian-backed militia. Sunnis have long accused...spokesman Saad Maan Ibrahim told The Associated Press that the cleric, Wathiq al-Batat, was arrested in Baghdad on Wednesday...
Turkish PM struggles to contain corruption probe

...damaged his image as an international statesman.He has blamed the scandal on a rival Islamic movement led by Fethullah Gulen - a cleric who is living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and whose followers are widely believed to have a strong foothold in Turkey's...
Ahmadenijad entices Egypt into alliance

...steps down in the summer when his second term in office ends, played down a public admonishment by Egypt's most prominent cleric, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, who warned Iran on Tuesday against spreading its Shiite faith in the predominantly...
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Sunni protesters dig in as tensions flare in Iraq

...Ramadi protest grounds."The shooting shows that the government has become more repressive against the Sunnis," said Sunni cleric Fakhir al-Taie, who was one of at least 20 wounded during the Fallujah melee. "Now we view the government as an enemy to...
With Iran poised to move, should US be leaving Iraq? Iranian-backed Shiite group led by the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who spends most of his...Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi, a hard-line Iranian cleric, rather than to Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Shahroudi endorses...
Pentagon releases bin Laden video

...planes. The sheik, identified by a U.S. official as Saudi cleric Sheik Sulayman, praised bin Laden for "a great job" and appeared...replied bin Laden. The sheik informed bin Laden that another cleric had delivered a sermon in Saudi Arabia Sept. 11. "He said...


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