Jihadists must be expelled from Iraq now: top Shiite authority

June 20, 2014 10:39 AM

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BAGHDAD: Iraq's top Shiite authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Friday that Sunni jihadists who have overrun swathes of territory must be expelled from the country before it is too late.

If the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is not "fought and expelled from Iraq, everyone will regret it tomorrow, when regret has no meaning," his spokesman announced on his behalf in the shrine city of Karbala.

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