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Iraq Sunni clerics blame Shi’ite clerics for violence

Iraq’s leading Sunni Muslim religious organization blamed top Shi’ite clerics on Thursday for fuelling sectarian tension that has killed dozens of Sunnis over the past 24 hours. “The Muslim Clerics Association points the finger of blame at certain Shi’ite religious authorities for calling for demonstrations,” said spokesman Sheikh Abdul Salam al-Qubaisi. In all but unprecedented criticism, the comments appeared aimed at Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who called for protests on Wednesday over an attack on a Shi’ite shrine in the city of Samarra. Sistani also called for restraint and said mosques should not be attacked. Full Story

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