Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Shiite cleric orders: No Uprising
'Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim has sent instructions to his supporters and secret cells in Basra, Najaf, Karbala and other southern Iraqi cities not to start an uprising or support the American-led coalition in any way'

'"Foreign troops must leave Iraq at the earliest possible time," al-Hakim said at a news conference in Tehran last week. "The Iraqi people will resist by all available means, including armed struggle, if these foreign forces turn into occupiers."'

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