[Marxism] Sistani said to threaten resistance if US moves into Najaf, Karbala

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Apr 13 19:07:15 MDT 2004

Sistani Threatens Shiite Resistance if US Invades Najaf

The Iranian newspaper Baztab is reporting that Grand Ayatollah Ali
Sistani has sent a strongly-worded message to the Coalition forces, in
which he warned them against attacking the Shiite shrine cities of Najaf
and Karbala after the end of Arba'in. 

According to this report, in this letter Sistani warned the US that were
the Occupation forces to wage a campaign against Karbala and Najaf, the
religious leadership of the Shiites would fight to its last breath for
the rights of the Shiites.

Since the fall of the Saddam regime, Sistani has called upon Shiites to
be cautious about opposing the US troops, despite his clear distaste for
their presence. He has instead attempted to hasten elections for a
popularly elected, legitimate Iraqi government. ( Persian link here. ) 
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