Top Shiite Cleric Adds to U.S. Pressure on Iraqi Leaders

June 20, 2014 6:13 PM

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Iraq’s top Shiite cleric added to U.S. pressure on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his political allies to form a new government that can command support across sectarian lines.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who played a key role in calming sectarian tensions in previous years, today called for the creation of a new “effective” government.

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