Iraq's top cleric says graft in army helped Islamic State

November 7, 2014 12:20 PM

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Iraq's top cleric says graft in army helped Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric said on Friday that corruption in the armed forces had enabled Islamic State to seize much of northern Iraq, criticism that will pressure the government to enact reforms in the face of an insurgency.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has become increasingly critical of Iraqi leaders since Islamic State's lightning advance, which created Iraq's worst crisis since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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