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09:43, 08 November 2014 Saturday

Iraq's top cleric says graft in army helped ISIL

Speaking on live television through an aide in the holy southern city of Kerbala, Sistani asked rhetorically what would happen if the military were corrupt.

15:39, 31 October 2014 Friday

Iraq's Sistani calls on Baghdad to help Sunni tribes after

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments show how the threat posed by ISIL has pushed some Shi'ites and Sunnis to overcome their sectarian differences and face a common enemy

15:10, 08 August 2014 Friday

Sistani calls on Iraqis to unite against ISIL danger

Sistani said that politicians who cling to their posts are making a "grave mistake", piling pressure on Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to drop his bid for a third term.

14:49, 25 July 2014 Friday

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki-step aside

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders should show flexibility so that political deadlocks could be broken and Iraq could confront militants.

17:06, 24 July 2014 Thursday

U N 's Ban seeks advice on Iraq crisis from

Ban's meeting with Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani underscored the 83-year-old cleric's vast sway in Iraq, where Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is considered a polarising figure

22:46, 19 July 2014 Saturday

Wave of bombings in Baghdad kills 27 people

In the first explosion, a car bomber drove into a police checkpoint, killing nine people including seven policemen and wounding 21 people in the Abu Dsheer district in the south of the capital

14:36, 18 July 2014 Friday

Top Shi'ite cleric urges help for Iraq's displaced

The United Nations say more than 2 million people have been displaced within Iraq, most of them forced from their homes by conflict in the western province of Anbar

14:15, 04 July 2014 Friday

Sistani says lack of new government quot regrettable failure quot

Sistani on Friday reiterated his call for the new government to have "broad national acceptance", a formulation many officials have interpreted as a signal Maliki should step aside.

22:55, 02 July 2014 Wednesday

Up to 45 killed in clashes in Iraqi holy city

Reports state that up to 45 people have been killed in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Karbala, Iran in clashes between supporters of a religious leader and Iraqi police.

17:24, 27 June 2014 Friday

Shi'ite leader Sistani calls on Iraq to choose new PM

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani's means the fate of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki could be decided within days.

14:00, 20 June 2014 Friday

Iraq Ayatollah calls for new parliament to start work without

A sermon by Sistani, highest religious authority for the country's Shi'ite Muslims, was read out by his representative Sayed Ahmed al-Saafi at the Imam Hussein shrine in Kerbala.

16:10, 13 June 2014 Friday

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric issues call to take arms- UPDATED

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is the highest religious authority for the Shi'ites in Iraq, said people should unite to fight back against advancing militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

09:33, 29 May 2014 Thursday

Iraq's Sistani urged to end Maliki's 'power monopoly'

Nouri al-Maliki is seeking a third term as prime minister

12:18, 11 November 2013 Monday

Turkish FM 'Peace in Mideast depends on peace in Iraq'

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke of Turkey's willingness to contribute to the stabilization process in Iraq.

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