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Top Iraqi Ayatollah Urges Action to Rein In Militias

Iraq’s most revered Shiite Muslim cleric urged Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki in a meeting Thursday to deal quickly with sectarian militias blamed for widespread killings, and to ensure that Iraqi police and soldiers remain loyal to the country and not to political factions. Wading into what has emerged as the first major issue facing Maliki, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani said it had “become necessary to have weapons only in the hands of government forces,” according to a statement released by his office. Full Story

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