Iraqi Cleric Urges Action Against U.S.
An influential Shiite Muslim cleric whose newspaper was shuttered for printing inflammatory articles called Friday for his followers to strike back at officials and appointees of the U.S.-led occupation authority. “I and my followers of the believers have come under attack from the occupiers, imperialism and the appointees,” Moqtada Sadr said in a sermon in the southern town of Kufa, outside the holy city of Najaf. “Be on the utmost readiness, and strike them where you meet them.” On Friday evening, clashes erupted in Kufa. Residents said that rocket-propelled grenades and mortars were fired but that it was unclear who was involved. At some point in the fighting, gunmen killed Kufa’s police chief, Col. Saeed Tiryak, and a colleague, according to Iraqi police sources quoted by the Reuters news agency. Full Story