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Group: Iraq Cleric Assassination Untrue

Reports of an assassination attempt Thursday against Iraq’s most powerful Shiite Muslim clergyman are untrue, a group close to him said; and the U.S. military said it knew nothing of any attack. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani was described by associates as being in good health. Bodyguards and political allies told The Associated Press there was no attempt on his life, dismissing Arab media reports. “We have contacted the office of his eminence, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, in Najaf and it transpired that the report is a lie and the whole issue is fabricated and baseless,” the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq said. The council works closely with al-Sistani in promoting Shiite political interests. U.S. officials said they had no confirmation of any attempt on the ayatollah’s life. Full Story

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