Aide to Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urges people to take up arms

June 13, 2014 11:51 AM

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Aide to Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urges people to take up arms

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A representative of Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged people in a sermon at Friday prayers to take up arms and defend their country from mostly Sunni insurgents.

Sheikh Abdulmehdi al-Karbalai, who was delivering the sermon at prayers in the city of Kerbala, holy to Iraq's majority Shi'ites, said those killed fighting the militants would be martyrs.

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