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Iran Says U.S. Should Let Iraqi Clerics Handle Sadr

Iran said on Tuesday the United States should leave Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim leaders to solve the problem of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr instead of inflaming the situation by trying to arrest him. U.S. forces have vowed to capture or kill Sadr, 30, a member of one of the most respected clerical families in the holy city of Najaf, a theological center for many Shi’ites worldwide. Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on a visit to Brussels that Tehran was making efforts to resolve the stand-off, although he said Washington had not solicited mediation by Iran, a Shi’ite-dominated neighbor of Iraq. “What the Americans have been expressing is that they are looking for a continuous, positive role of Iran and this does not mean they are looking for any specific action or asking for mediation,” he told a news conference. Full Story

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