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Sistani Arrives in Najad Calling For Truce

HeadlineAug 26, 2004

In Iraq, the Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has reportedly arrived in the holy city of Najaf after traveling with over 10,000 supporters from Basra. Upon Sistani’s arrival, Najaf’s governor announced a 24-hour ceasefire. In Najaf, Sistani is expected to call for all sides to put down their arms. A close associate to the ayatollah said he plans to go to the holy Imam Ali shrine, pray and receive the keys to the shrine from backers of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr.

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