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Top Shiite Cleric Raps Mubarak for Remarks

One of Shiite Islam’s top clerics accused Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday of fueling sectarian tensions in the Middle East by saying Arab Shiites in Iraq and elsewhere are more loyal to Iran than to their home countries. Lebanon’s Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, in an interview with The Associated Press, said “some in the Muslim world” fear Shiite empowerment in any country. Fadlallah was one of the highest-level Shiite figures in the region to speak out so far against Mubarak. The president’s comments over the weekend angered Shiites and raised fears of a Sunni-Shiite rift across the Middle East at a time of increased sectarian violence in Iraq. Full Story

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