Top Shiite cleric in Iraq calls for release of 18 Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad

September 12, 2015 9:44 AM

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BAGHDAD – The top Shiite cleric in Iraq has called for the release of 18 Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad last week.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's statement, issued Saturday, came a day after a video released by a shadowy militant group showed the captives, who were snatched up from a construction site in Baghdad's Shiite-dominated Sadr City. The group's name and slogan suggest it is Shiite.

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