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Al-Sistani’s influence declining in Iraq

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani once wielded so much influence he seemed to single-handedly chart the post-Saddam Hussein political future inIraq. Now, the country’s top Shiite cleric appears powerless as Iraq edges toward civil war. With dozens of Iraqis dying daily from Sunni-Shiite reprisal killings, the failures of al-Sistani’s pleas for peace underline a major power shift in the Shiite establishment. Full Story

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