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New 'Saddam' letter urges jihad

A new handwritten letter said to be from ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has urged Iraq’s clergy to wage jihad, or holy war, against the US-led occupation. The letter was read out on the Arabic satellite television station Al-Jazeera on Wednesday evening. The two-page letter says that if the Hawza, Iraq’s powerful Shia Muslim authorities, “calls for a jihad, this would unify the whole Iraqi people against the occupation”. It also welcomes the declaration by a top Shia leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, that any Iraqi constitution drawn up under the US occupation is “null and void”. “We respect Mr Sistani and the priority at this stage is to eject the foreigners and establish peace and safety,” the letter says. Full Story

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