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Iran Denounces Offensive Against Shiite Insurgents

Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, weighed in on the side of anti-American Shiite Muslim insurgents in Iraq, chastising U.S. actions across the southern part of the country as “stupid” and “shameful.” Khamenei’s remarks, made in a speech to theology students and broadcast on Iranian radio, were the first harsh criticism issued by predominantly Shiite Iran about the ongoing U.S. offensive against forces loyal to Moqtada Sadr, a young Shiite cleric wanted by U.S. forces on murder charges. Shortly after Khamenei spoke, about 100 students threw rocks at the British Embassy in Tehran and burned the British and Israeli flags. Meanwhile, U.S. officials reported that a U.S. soldier died late Sunday of wounds suffered during a firefight in an unspecified city in southern Iraq. Full Story

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