Iraq's fight against IS draws its top Shiite cleric into key political role

January 15, 2015 6:30 AM

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Iraq's fight against IS draws its top Shiite cleric into key political role

In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, Shiite faithful pilgrims pray at the holy shrine of Imam Ali in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. Since Sunni militants of the Islamic State group overran large parts of Iraq, the country's most prominent Shiite cleric has fundamentally altered his spiritual role and has plunged straight into politics, weighing in to the government on policy and on fighting the extremists. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (The Associated Press)

In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, people shop at a jewelry shop in the holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. Since Sunni militants of the Islamic State group overran large parts of Iraq, the country's most prominent Shiite cleric has fundamentally altered his spi...

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