Cleric issues call to arms as Iraq edges closer to war

June 13, 2014 4:13 PM

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Cleric issues call to arms as Iraq edges closer to war

BAGHDAD — Iraq edged closer to the prospect of full-blown civil war Friday as a top Shiite Muslim cleric issued a call to arms against Muslim extremists who are continuing their military campaign to supplant the government.

In his sermon in Karbala, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai urged citizens to resist the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaeda splinter group that overran Mosul, the country's second-largest city, as well as other towns in the past week after encountering little resista...

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